Latest reports suggest ten people were injured and some hospitalised after the 5,000-tonne crane on board of the Orion 1
collapsed during load tests over the weekend.
The vessel, which was due to be handed over to Belgian offshore operator DEME, is under construction and owned by COSCO (Qidong) Offshore. After completion earlier this year, it sailed to Rostok and is moored at the quayside at the Liebherr construction yard there. The crane – the largest yet built by Liebherr – was undergoing several load tests prior to the expected for delivery to DEME in the second half of May 2020.
The crane has suffered significant damage, while damage to the crane and the vessel will be investigated in the upcoming days and weeks.
After delivery, the vessel was fixed to begin work installing jackets at Global Energy’s Nigg Energy Park in the Cromarty Firth in Scotland.