Giant floating dock capsizes in Denmark

An 82-metre long floating dock in Hirtshals has begun to overturn due to as-yet unknown causes.

Giant floating dock capsizes in Denmark
Photo: Claus Bjørn Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

The large floating dock began to tilt early on Friday, DR reports.

The floating dock, which was constructed in 1952, is 82 metres long and is used for repair and maintenance of ships.

A ship was inside the floating dock when it began to overturn, according to the report.

“We have a situation in which we are now trying to find out what can be salvaged. Nobody was at work when it happened, so that’s the positive side of this,” dockyard director Rasmus Brohus told DR Friday morning.

“We do not yet have a cause. We have people from the insurance company and experts in relation to stability who will come and help us right the dock and get the situation under control,” he added.

The floating dock, which is also known as the ‘North Sea Cathedral’,” has been located at Hirtshals in northern Jutland since 1987. It sank at one end during a storm in 2015, but no lasting damage was sustained.

Photo: Claus Bjørn Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

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Capsized boat recovered from Denmark floating dock

A Norwegian fishing trawler that capsized in a floating dock last week has been brought to quayside.

Capsized boat recovered from Denmark floating dock
The damaged floating dock at Hirtshals on Monday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The capsized boat was inside an 82-metre-long floating dock at Hirtshals which listed dramatically to one side, with the cause of its overturning initially unclear.

The fishing trawler is now on its way to quayside, said Rasmus Brohus, director of Hirtshals Yard, the owner of the floating dock.

“We are pulling the trawler out of the dock, so the ship will be alongside shortly,” Brohus told Ritzau.

A floating crane assisting in the salvage operation.

The extent of the damage to the fishing boat is currently unknown.

“It is currently too early to say anything about that. It will be evaluated by the insurance company when the ship is quayside,” Brohus said.

Once the trawler has been recovered, work to assess damage to the floating dock will begin.

The cause of the partial capsizing of the dock is still unclear and it is expected to take several days to be corrected.

“Then we will be able to see the damage to the floating dock and assess what the outcome of this will be for us,” Brohus said.

Hirtshals Yard employs around 60 people and the floating dock is an essential part of the company’s work.

“I’m an optimist with regard to our ongoing operations,” Brohus said.

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