Orion's Liebherr HLC 295000 To Be Repaired - Update – Heavy Lift News
29 Dec 2023

Orion’s Liebherr HLC 295000 To Be Repaired – Update


This news item was first published 28 September 2020 and is rated the 4th best viewed news item on www.heavyliftnews.com since 1st January 2019



There are positive signals from Rostock concerning the offshore crane HLC 295000 offshore crane following the damage incurred in the incident in Rostock on 2 May this year.

The crane, which is on board the special purpose vessel “Orion” is to be repaired with the work due to be completed in the course of 2021.

The preparations for the recovery of the crane are in full swing.

The salvage, construction and repair work followed by the installation of the crane on the Orion is a symbol of partnership and unity, and a sign of confidence in one’s own strength.

“At times like these, partnerships show how well they function. 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-MCCtec Rostock GmbH.

SARENS has been assigned with the salvage of the damaged components of the HLC 295000. As one of the world’s leading heavy lift companies, SARENS has many years of experience and state-of-the-art technology at their disposal. The safety of the team, the vessel and the environment are the top priorities of all parties involved.

In coordination with the port authority, the port operator and Liebherr, the salvage concept will be refined and put into practice in the coming weeks. In highly simplified terms, the salvaging can be split into three phases. Since the crane cannot be salvaged directly on site, the first stage involves appropriate safeguarding of the scene of the accident in order to safely shift the vessel to Berth 25 in the international Port of Rostock. In phase two, the insecure components will be recovered to ensure controlled and safe dismantling of the crane during phase three. This salvage work has already started.

Comprehensive repairs are necessary during the coming months in order to put the heavy lift crane back into operation. According to the current information both the 145-metre long boom and parts of the A-frame will be completely newly manufactured. The necessary steel construction work is being carried out at the Liebherr plant in Rostock.

With a lifting capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes at an outreach of 35 metres and a maximum lifting height of 175 metres above deck, the HLC 295000 is the largest offshore crane Liebherr has ever manufactured. The fact that the HLC series and the expansion of the heavy lift programme is firmly anchored in the strategy of the Liebherr Maritime Division is not least due to the energy revolution. Considerably more and larger-sized offshore wind energy farms are being erected in order to ensure sustainable energy supplies for today’s and future generations. The lifting height of the HLC 295000 is a decisive factor for the erection of these modern wind farms. Added to this is the trend of dismantling disused offshore oil and gas platforms from which large and heavy parts have to be disassembled in open seas – an important task for the new HLC series from Liebherr, which they can master thanks to the lifting capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes.

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“The new Liebherr HLC 295000 mounted on DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion. The boom is still being held by the TCC 78000.” The Installation of the boom for the  HLC295000 took place in late March , early April this year as described by Heavy Lift News on 1 April, linked below .

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