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Crane Boom Collapse Injures Two in India

A pair of individuals were reportedly injured when an LTS-3000 crane boom apparently collapsed while working on a heavy-lift pipelay vessel under Larsen & Toubo (L&T) company on a development project off India’s west coast. The Cluster-8 development project also saw the fall of an offshore jacket where the crane had collapsed. 

There were about five people who were present at the scene at the time of the incident and reported that the 8 March on-site accident occurred during operations carried out by Indian-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)  

A witness who was present at the scene stated right after the collapse of the crane, the offshore jacket plunged into the Arabian Sea. He further mentioned that while the jacket is lost at the, the L&T team are willing to look for and recover the structure at the site of the shallow-water development project. They further explained that the injured pair are at the Mumbai Nanavati Hospital for treatment. 

Causes of the crane boom collapse are still unknown and L&T have been contacted for further comment. The crane boom was built in the Singaporean shipyard, ASL. The self-propelled offshore construction vessel is owned by a joint venture between Malaysia’s Sapura Energy and Indian L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited called L&T Sapura. 

Amclyde’s PC – 42 HVY fully revolving crane was used for the vessel’s fitting and has a 3000 tonnes lift capacity at max. The 82 metre long boom from this specific crane was lost during the incident. 

L&T were awarded the Cluster – 8 development project by ONGC in 2019 whose scopes include fitting three wellhead platforms, one wellhead – riser platform and an approximately 90 KM long subsea pipeline that will run across multiple offshore segments.

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