Giant crane collapse on heavy lifting ship

A giant crane collapsed on Saturday May 2nd on Deme Offshore’s flagship under-construction offshore installation vessel Orion 1, which was at Liebherr’s yard in Rostock, Germany, undergoing crane load tests. Deme said that a few people had suffered minor injuries. Other reports said that five people had been injured, with two of the injured requiring hospital treatment. “A serious accident has occurred today on board of offshore installation vessel Orion 1 at the occasion of and during crane load tests”.

There were around 120 people on the ship at the time, according to the police.

The vessel is under construction and owned by Cosco (Qidong) Offshore Co Ltd. The vessel is moored at the quayside at the Liebherr construction yard in Rostock, with the crane undergoing several load tests. Deme said that “the crane has suffered significant damage, while damage to the crane and the vessel will be investigated in the upcoming days and weeks”.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery to Deme NV in the second half of this month.

Liebherr has said that the crane, named HLC 295000, would be the biggest offshore crane Liebherr Maritime Cranes has ever constructed.

The recently delivered Orion is planned to be deployed for the construction of the largest offshore wind farms, to service the oil and gas industry and for the decommissioning of offshore installations.

Orion 1 was scheduled to travel to the Moray East offshore wind farm project in the UK for the installation of 103 jackets.