Saipem 7000 back in Scotland following crane incident

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A photo of the Saipem 7000 lifting incident.

The Saipem 7000 vessel is due to return to Scotland after a crane incident last month.

In a notice to mariners, the developers of the Seagreen offshore wind farm said the heavy-lift vessel is expected to return to Scottish waters around July 1.

Dramatic footage emerged last month of the Saipem 7000 suffering a major lifting malfunction during a load test in Norway.

He dropped two cargo barges into the sea and tipped the ship 198 meters into the water.

However, contractor Saipem confirmed no one was injured and no “significant structural damage” was caused.

The vessel will head for Nigg in the Cromarty Firth to install three legged suction caissons on the wind turbine foundation structures.

“Weather permitting tugs and barges are expected to arrive near the site from May 29. The Saipem 7000 and support vessels are expected to arrive on or about June 1,” the notice reads.

Before the crane incident last month, the Saipem 7000 was working installing turbines at Seagreen, Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm, off Angus.

The impact of the recent installation delay has not been clarified by the developers.

When the ship left for Norway, 21 of Seagreen’s 114 wind turbines had been installed on foundation structures.

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