Accident – Crane Vessel SAIPEM 7000 lifting accident – 14.04.2022

On Thursday 14th April, 2022 the world’s third largest semi submersible crane vessel SAIPEM 7000 heavily listed after suffering a lifting accident on a Norwegian Fjord near Stavanger, Norway.

The Norwegian Rescue Services reported that during the 5 yo load test of the cranes, the main wire snapped with the cause of dropping 2 barges used as test weight in the water. All 275 crew were reported safe, all evacuated and accounted for with no injuries have been reported.

An update from the Norwegian Coastal Administration indicated that the situation was under control and the crane vessel has returned to a stable and safe condition. A sheen has been located in the water in the vicinity of the barge, which contains a maximum of 2,000 litres of oil, the Norwegian Coastal Administration reported.

Built in 1987 by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone Shipyard, Italy as MICOPERI 7000 and renamed to her current name in 1995. She is a dynamically positioned semisubmersible crane vessel operated by Italian offshore contractor Saipem S.p.A. The vessel is one of the most capable ships of her kind in the world, with two twin 7,000 metric tons capacity cranes, allowing for tandem lifts up to 14,000 tonnes. Each crane is fitted with 15,600 hp (11,630 kW) engines to power the boom and load hoists, 9 tugger lines and the crane slewing system. The cranes use 48 miles (77 km) of wire rope of various diameters.

At Fincantieri Palermo back to October 2014,

She arrived at Stavanger on Monday 11th April around 2100 UTC from Rotterdam, Netherlands that left on Friday 8th April at 0647 UTC.

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Published – Friday 15th April, 2022