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DEME’s Orion at Liebherr Factory in Rostock

Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock announces the arrival of DEME’s offshore vessel Orion. The large-scale project is thus entering the next exciting phase – the erection of the biggest offshore crane Liebherr Maritime Cranes has ever constructed, the HLC 295000.

The Orion reached Liebherr Rostock on the 22 November 2019. Following the arrival in Rostock, the assembly of the HLC 295000 is going to begin. The manufacture of Liebherr’s first HLC is a revolutionary project that is now ready to go into the final phase. Over the past months, the technical and organisational efforts were immense. Several thousand tonnes of steel have been formed, welded and assembled into a product that is unique for Liebherr.

Not only the size of the crane, but also the size of the individual components and main parts is exciting. The HLC boom alone is 160m long and the whole crane has a height of 90m. Assembled on a huge pedestal the crane is going to have a lifting height of up to 180m, almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York. With a lifting capacity of 5,000t at more than 30m outreach the HLC 295000 could lift nine fully loaded A380 airplanes in one go.

In order to install the giant HLC 295000 on the Orion, the recently inaugurated TCC 78000 will support the assembly work. With its maximum lifting capacity of 1,600t and a maximum lifting height of 158m, the TCC 78000 is predestined for this kind of challenging operations. This newly developed travelling cargo crane is equipped with double bogeys (two rails per side) and has a track gauge of 30m. Therefore, the gantry crane provides optimum flexibility for handling all types of heavy goods.