Liebherr will repair the HLC 295000 heavy lift crane at the port of Rostock, Germany.

The crane – currently onboard DEME’s offshore installation vessel Orion – collapsed on May 2 during an overload test, as HLPFI reported.

The port authority, port operator and Liebherr have devised a salvage operation that will be split into three phases: safeguarding the scene of the accident and moving the vessel to Berth 25; recovering the insecure components; and the dismantling of the crane.

Belgium-headquartered Sarens has been contracted to recover the damaged components.

The 145 m-long boom and parts of the A-frame will be newly manufactured at the Liebherr plant in Rostock.

“Although the events around May 2, 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,” said Leopold Berthold, managing director at Liebherr.

Liebherr added that with 5,000 tonnes of capacity and an outreach of 35 m with a lifting height of 175 m above deck, the HLC 29500 is the largest offshore crane the company has ever manufactured.