“Significant” damage as huge crane collapses on wind-farm vessel: video

An investigation is underway after a large heavy-lift crane buckled during load testing at the Liebherr construction yard in Rostock, Germany, with some minor injuries reported.

The crane had been fitted onto the wind-farm-building vessel Orion 1, owned by Cosco (Qidong) Offshore Co., and had been destined for Scotland, where it was due to install jacket foundations on the 950 MW Moray East offshore wind farm, reports Energy Voice.

The incident occurred on Saturday, 2 May.

The company expecting delivery of the vessel later this month, Netherlands’ Deme NV, called it a "serious accident".

"The crane has suffered significant damage, while damage to the crane and the vessel will be investigated in the upcoming days and weeks," Deme NV said.

"Reportedly," the company added, "a few persons suffered minor injuries."

  • The dramatic moment was captured on camera. Watch it here:


Image: Deme NV’s photograph of the offshore installation vessel, Orion (Deme NV)

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