Watch as offshore vessel destined for North Sea suffers catastrophic crane collapse

A heavy-lift crane installed on offshore installation vessel Orion has collapsed while undergoing load tests at the Liebherr construction yard in Rostock, Germany.

The Orion is under construction and owned by COSCO (QIDONG) OFFSHORE CO. LTD, according to Energy People.

COSCO is expected to deliver the DP3 vessel to DEME NV in the second half of May.

Several persons reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident, with two requiring hospital treatment. 120 people were reported to be on the vessel at the time of the accident.

A special rope access rescue team was brought in to help free people trapped in the wreckage and it’s been reported that significant amounts of oil had leaked.

Several ambulances and a police helicopter were seen near the vessel.

Orion arrived in Rostock to undergo the installation of the Liebherr HLC 295000 crane in November 2019. The crane was installed at the end of February.

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