Cranes Today Magazine


Liebherr LR 1800-1.0 put to the test
15 January, 2019 Liebherr’s new crawler crane, the LR 1800-1.0, has proved its strength by hoisting a 560t test load, as part of the prototype testing procedure.
  • Prangl replaces railway bridge
    Prangl has used a 650t Terex Demag CC3800 crawler crane to lift the first bridge structure at the Austrian Railway Services (ÖBB) construction site at Pass Lueg.
  • 800USt vessel on the road
    On the evening of January 6, Mammoet began the transport of a giant splitter 800USt vessel in Canada.
  • Brent to step down as CEO of NCCCO
    Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), effective July 1, to take up leadership of the recently formed NCCCO Foundation.
  • Monpe uses ModulMax for double challenge
    Ghanaian customer Monpe Ventures put together its orange ModulMAX axle lines from Faymonville to move a huge suction pile. The project included two major challenges: the weight and the dimensions of the impressive load.


An open list of the world's fleets
18 December, 2018 Our annual Fleet File survey
  • Rigging with the bulls
    Bull rigging is easy to recognise but hard to define as a way of moving a load. Perhaps that is why there is a growing shortage of skilled bull riggers. Julian Champkin tries to pin down the elusive subject.
  • Heavy hydraulics
    In the second of two articles, Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr, assesses current demand for heavy duty crawler cranes, and looks at the important innovations made by Japanese manufacturers.
  • Wheels in motion
    Mobile crane orders in Australia skyrocketed this year. Combining information from a series of interviews with material from CICA’s annual conference sessions, Sotiris Kanaris looks at the state of the market for crane suppliers and hirers.
  • A tower and mobile in tandem
    Wilbert’s Swiss crane rental partner Thomas Kaufmann Turmkrane AG supplied a WT 650 e.tronic to work in tandem with a mobile crane to remove an old railway bridge in Rossinière


Looking back
17 December, 2018 This month, I've been taking a look back over our news coverage for 2018. There have been quite a few significant developments over the year.
  • Keeping cranes safe on the roads
    Ten years ago this year Ann Copeland and her two young daughters, Niamh and Ciara, were killed when her car skidded out of control after running over a patch of oil leaked from a poorly-maintained all terrain crane. Barry Copeland, who lost his entire family in the accident, pushed for owners of all terrain cranes to face the same requirement for roadworthiness testing as cars and heavy goods vehicles.
  • A step forward for safe wind work
    I've written previously about the good work being done by the European crane and special transport association, ESTA, and manufacturers' group, FEM, on wind safety.
  • Necessary training, sufficient evaluation
    In late May, US regulator OSHA published a much-anticipated new notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. This further clarifies how the US federal government plans to set rules for operator certification.


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17 May, 2017 Green Pin® introduces the Power Sling® Shackle in action!
  • Sponsored: The History of Åkerströms Björbo AB
    Founded in 1918, Akerstroms Bjorbo AB develops, produces, markets and services robust products to a global market for radio remote control of industrial cranes, mobile applications, door-opening systems and locomotives.
  • Sponsored: Kobelco celebrates order of Mammoet for 17 units Kobelco cranes at Bauma
    On Thursday 14th April 2016, the 4th day of BAUMA 2016, KOBELCO celebrated the order of MAMMOET for 17 units KOBELCO cranes with a speech and handshake followed by a traditional Japanese sake ceremony with the MAMMOET team and the KOBELCO team dressed in MAMMOET red Japanese happi coats. Ceremonial hammers were used to break open the sake barrel, after which the sake was shared with the gathered crowd in typical Japanese square wooden cups with the logos of MAMMOET and KOBELCO branded on opposite sides. KOBELCO also handed over to MAMMOET: a Kabuko samourai helmet, sword and bow with arrows.