Today on Cranes Today Magazine


Tadano marks 1,000 unit sales of RT model
28 May, 2015 Tadano has sold its 1,000th GR-1000XL/800EX rough terrain crane, and marked the event with a shipping ceremony.


Deep rescue
27 May, 2015 When the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine broke down 120ft underground, Mammoet was called in to retrieve it.
  • Bridging the Hudson
    The New NY Bridge, replacing the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge, has been planned since 1999. Over more than a decade, the project was delayed while more than 150 different concepts were discussed. The project moved forward in 2011, and the first span is due for completion in 2016.
  • Stable hands
    Stability systems required to comply with revised EU standards, have been further developed to offer improved efficiency. Daniel Searle reports.
  • The view from the hook
    On a new project in London, cameras mounted on the crane hook will help operators and rigging crews work safely.
  • The people who sell cranes
    Selling Manitowoc’s Grove line of cranes in West Africa, Paterson Simons & Co (Africa) Ltd. managing director John Traynor understands that a complete package of training and aftersales service, supported by manufacturer partnerships, is vital in persuading customers to make the financial step up from buying used cranes to buying new.


Speak up for safety
13 March, 2015 This spring has seen two opportunities for the industry to have a say in safety issues, in the USA and the UK. Both have their roots in events many years ago.
  • Standards in the digital age
    I recently met with a contact who has, for many years, been active in developing standards and best practice guidance. He pointed out that while he learnt to understand documents like this by reading carefully through binders full of A4 pages, this sort of reading is becoming less common. Many of us will still spend much of our day reading and otherwise dealing with written material, but on a screen of one form or another, and not as a single long document that we read uninterrupted from start to finish.
  • Closing the global skills gap
    Over the last year, we've seen complaints from crane owners around the world about a shortage of skilled operators. In some ways, this is one of those good problems: it's a sign that, globally, the crane industry recognises the importance of qualifed operators and rigging crew to safe and efficient lifting.
  • Slow progress
    This time last year, I talked about how 2013 had been one of limited change. In many ways, and particularly on the business side of the sector, this year has been too. Progress on rental rates and sales does not seem to have picked up at the rate the industry would've liked. In this issue, we open with a round-up of the last quarter's financial results, across a range of listed crane manufacturers and dealers. The news is not particularly good.


Load cells used to lift crane barge boom
30 April, 2015 Caspian Marine Services used Straightpoint load cells to remove and reinstall a 300t crane boom on a 600t crane barge in Azerbaijan.