It was reported on the afternoon of the 18th of October that an incident involving the folding A-frame on the main crane of Alfa Lift which is currently under construction in China.
No personnel have been injured and the unplanned movement of the folding A-frame is being investigated. The incident is a matter between the shipyard and the crane vendor (Liebherr).
The Alfa Lift is being built at the CMHI shipyard in Jiangsu, China, and had been scheduled for delivery at the end of this year or early 2022. The A-Frame is part of the Liebherr HLC150000-3000 that has been delivered from Rostock earlier in May this year.
Potential delay in delivery
Offshore wind contractor Seaway 7 may be looking at a potential delay in the delivery of its new foundation installed vessel after the incident.
The vessel was ordered by OHT in 2018, before its merger with Subsea 7’s renewable unit Seaway 7 earlier this year. Currently, it is too early to indicate if the incident will have an impact on the delivery schedule of the vessel.
Alfa Lift has already been contracted for transport and installation of the foundations for the Dogger Bank A and B offshore wind projects in the UK North Sea set to commence in 2022.
Things have not been going smoothly for the mega cranes’ deliveries from Liebherr’s Rostock. We saw that Liebherr HLC 295000 collapsed during load testing in May last year, and now this HLC150000-3000. Hope that they are able to rectify the issue and send the vessel for its project.