Liebherr makes progress on Orion crane salvage efforts

In: Vessels
Further progress has been made during the salvaging efforts for the heavy lift vessel  Orion's HLC 29500 offshore crane. The recovery of the 600-tonne auxiliary jib including jib head according to has been completed according to the latest information from Liebherr.

To do this, the relevant structural elements were firstly slung and lifted slightly. In this way, the steel ropes were unburdened and could be cut with hydraulic shears. Using flame cutters the jib head was subsequently removed from the auxiliary jib before both elements were transported to Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH. Thereafter, the first sections of the jib centre piece were removed.

“Despite the high complexity of the task the dismantling of the HLC 295000 is going according to plan. Thanks to the first-class technology, modern equipment and our committed team we have achieved our goals on schedule and carried out the work, together with all those involved in the project, under strict safety standards,”
said Carl Sarens, Director of Technical Solutions, Projects & Engineering, SARENS.

In the next phase of the recovery, the
Orion will be shifted to Berth 15 in the international Port of Rostock. The pivot piece and the A-frame of the HLC 295000 will be disassembled there. The TCC 78000, which is permanently installed in the Port of Rostock, is being used for the secure recovery of these large components. The TCC 78000 was already involved in the assembly of the HLC 295000. The recovery work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

While the recovery work on the quayside is in full swing the steel construction work for the repair of the HLC 295000 have already begun in the workshops at Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH. According to current information, both the 42-metre long crane jib and parts of the A-frame are being completely newly manufactured.

With a lifting capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes at an outreach of 35 metres and a maximum lifting height of 175 metres above deck, the HLC 295000 is the largest offshore crane Liebherr has ever manufactured.

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