Orion's crane collapses during load tests

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DEME Group's new heavy lift crane vessel  Orion has suffered a crane accident during a load test whilst berthed at Liebherr's facility in Rostock. During a test, the heavy-duty crane mounted on the Orionwas supposed to lift a 5,500-ton pontoon that lay next to her in the water.
The accident left five people injured, with two hospitalised, according to local police reports.

At the time of the accident, there were 120 people on the ship. According to the police report, during load tests a wire rope broke and the upper half of the crane tipped over, hitting the ship and the quay edge, however there has been some confusion as both material defect and a broken hook were initially blamed.

The extent of the damage can be seen here.  It was reported that damage is most likely to fall between €50 million and €100 million euros.

According to DEME Group, the vessel was expected for delivery to in the second half of May 2020. The vessel was booked to install jacket foundations on the
Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland in June.  4C Offshore is awaiting to establish if and by how much the Moray East offshore wind farm could be delayed.

Assembled on a huge pedestal, the crane is designed to have a lifting height of up to 180 metres – almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York. With a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes at more than 30 metres outreach the HLC 295000 could lift nine fully loaded A380 airplanes in one go. It was fitted to the vessel by Liebherr in February.

The vessel was constructed at COSCO Qidong shipyard in China. At 216.5m long, it is equipped with DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and can accommodate a total of 131 people. The vessel is also to be outfitted with a Walk-to-Work gangway for personnel transfers.

DEME Group had aimed to deploy the vessel for the construction of large offshore wind turbines.
Orion is intended to be suitable to transport the monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and other structures associated with the construction of giant multi-megawatt wind turbines.

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