SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Saipem has issued an update on the crane accident onboard the construction vessel Saipem 7000 last Thursday.
After completing dynamic positioning tests, the crew was performing a five-year crane lift test of the crane no. 1, with members of the classification society RINA present.
The crane’s main block wire broke for reasons yet to be determined, and the testing load (two cargo barges) with the crane’s main block were released in the water.
After initial tilting caused by the load release, the unit returned to a stable position and safe condition. Investigations have not revealed significant structural damage other than to crane no. 1, and the ship's hull retains its integrity.
Crane no. 2, not part of the test operations, can be put into service at the end of the current precautionary checks, Saipem added, and the Saipem 7000 vessel should be able to return from June, even with partial use of its lifting capacity.