Cranes Today Magazine


Scotload supplies 1,000t shackle to CNOOC
06 December, 2018 The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is using a 1,000t load monitoring shackle from Scotload for testing of a 600t FPSO hose lifting system.
  • Potain launches internal elevator
    With new French regulations demanding operator elevators on tower cranes coming into effect in January, Manitowoc has launched a new internal elevator for Potain tower cranes, Cab-IN, developed with GEDA.
  • Testing complete on synthetic rope
    Liebherr has completed testing on the new soLITE synthetic rope it is developing with Teufelberger for its tower cranes. The process saw more than 70,000m of rope tested over 55,000 hours, on test benches and in the field. The rope will be used on a new tower crane, launching at Bauma in April.
  • Terex team at Ferenc Puskás Stadium
    A fleet of Terex tower cranes, from local Hungarian crane rental company TDH Toronydaru Kft., supported by a Demag CC 6800-1 from Sarens, are working on the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest.


Sarens team picks up pipe
13 November, 2018 Sarens used 11 mobile cranes to lift and place a 274m gas pipe in Merksem, Belgium.
  • PTC 200 DS in Brazil
    Mammoet has successfully completed the process of weighing, transporting and lifting the modules of the P-76 FPSO platform for the Technip-Techint consortium at the Techint Offshore Unit in Pontal do Paraná, Brazil.
  • Setting sail in Venice
    Italian heavy transport and lifting company Fagioli used Cometto vehicles to transport a number of reactors in Italy earlier this year.
  • Truly heavy
    In the first of two articles, Stuart Anderson, president of Chortsey Barr, looks at the development of heavy duty crawlers. In part two, next month, he looks in more detail at the Japanese industry, and a variety of attachments and applications for these machines


Digital disruption
09 November, 2018 Security expert Bruce Schneier has, for decades, warned of the overlooked risks associated with the computer age. Sometimes, politicians, regulators, and industry leaders have paid heed.
  • 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.
  • Valuable shows, sustainable growth?
    I write this month's comment shortly after returning from Intermat in Paris. As I wrote in my pre-show comment six years—two Intermats—ago, the purpose of the French show is at times unclear. It is at once too big to be a tightly-focussed national lifting show, and too small (and overshadowed in the triennial trade show cycle) to be a global launch show.


Sponsored: Lifting The Same Load With A Lighter Wire
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.