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WATCH: Heavy Lift Crane collapses causing major damage

PortandTerminal.com, May 3, 2020

DEME Offshore has launched an investigation after a “serious accident” on board the Orion 1 heavy-lift vessel during crane testing in the German port of Rostock.

ROSTOCK, GERMANY – A heavy-lift crane collapsed on the offshore wind farm construction vessel ORION I on May 2 in Rostock, Germany. There was serious damage to the ship. Five people were injured in the incident which happened at around 15.30 on Saturday, with two requiring hospital treatment, according to local police.

ORION I, IMO 9825453, dwt 60575, built 2019 (COSCO Shipping Qidong Offshore Co., Ltd., China), operator Deme Offshore
ORION I, IMO 9825453, dwt 60575, built 2019 (COSCO Shipping Qidong Offshore Co., Ltd., China), operator Deme Offshore

It is understood a rope broke during a heavy load test and the upper half of the crane tipped over hitting the ship and the quay wall, added police. DEME said “significant damage” has been caused to the crane.

The vessel was undergoing load tests in Rostock as it readied itself for an assignment at the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland.

Liebherr supplied the ship’s crane and said in March that the unit, which features a 145-metre boom, is the largest ever built by the company.

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