Damaged Orion crane under repair
By Alex Dahm16 October 2020
Preparations are underway for the repair of the 5,000 tonne capacity Liebherr crane damaged during testing on the new build Orion offshore installation vessel.
In May testing was under way with the super heavy lift HLC 295000 twin lattice boom crane on the Orion vessel. It suddenly stopped, however, when the crane’s hook broke, sending the crane’s boom over backwards. See the full details in our story here.
Repairs to be carried out at the Port of Rostock, Germany, will be completed in 2021, Liebherr said. To start off with, international heavy lifting specialist Sarens was called in to salvage the damaged components of the HLC 295000. At first the damaged crane will be secured on the vessel to allow its movement to a different berth.
Components will then be recovered prior to the dismantling of the crane. Both of the 145 metre lattice booms and parts of the A-frame will be completely replaced with new components, Liebherr said.
Commenting on the operation Leopold Berthold, Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock managing director, said, “At times like these, partnerships show how well they function. Although the events around 2 May 2020 have affected us, we are convinced of the high quality of our products. Thus, we will rebuild the HLC 295000 and successfully complete this project together with our partners.”