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July 2022


Rough terrains in transition
22 July 2022 Rough terrains will in future be powered by electricity or hydrogen. For the present, they are moving towards greener and more efficient operation. Julian Champkin reports.

Different strokes
22 July 2022 Building onshore wind farms demands high lifts in limited spaces at remote locations in strong winds. Julian Champkin looks at the challenges and various approaches.

Building Kentucky's tallest bridge
22 July 2022 An incremental bridge launching approach was used by Kentucky, USA-based contractor Bush and Burchett to build the Pond Creek Bridge on US460 in Pike County, Kentucky.

June 2022


Ensuring site safety
17 June 2022 Heavy lift engineers Mustafa Al Abdulmohsin and Hussain Al Nassir, part of oil and gas company Saudi Aramco’s Heavy Lift Engineering Group, a division of its Transportation and Equipment Services Department, explain how the company is taking heavy equipment safety to new levels.

Electrifying changes
17 June 2022 Fossil-sourced diesel is no longer welcome at the party. It is noisy and polluting, and diesel-powered lifting is increasingly being banned from city centres. Julian Champkin finds that batteries may be the power of the future – and indeed of the present. It is here already...

Towering up
17 June 2022 Tower cranes are the standard on ob sites worldwide. Juian Champkin looks at the current crop.

All aboard
17 June 2022 Italian heavy lift and transportation specialist Fagioli successfully relocated two massive ZPMC Ship to Shore container cranes from Malta to France.

May 2022


Fuel for thought
25 May 2022 Reinder de Haan, global segment lead for transport and logistics at Mammoet, speaks to Cranes Today about the company’s work in the oil and gas sector.

Loads of potential
25 May 2022 Despite a backdrop of uncertainty positive financial results abound prompting some loader crane manufacturers to expand to capitalise on demand. Cranes Today reports.

Ports Cranes Ease Crisis
24 May 2022 The world’s supply chain is buckling under pandemic and war. Julian Champkin looks at how the ports of the world are trying to ease the strains.

Dynamic Duo
24 May 2022 Tandem lift for Vernazza Autogru’s Demag lattice boom crawlers.

April 2022


Home sweet home
29 April 2022 Houses are needed everywhere. All kinds of cranes can help build them. Julian Champkin reports.

Logical progression
29 April 2022 Stuart Anderson charts Liebherr’s logical development of large crawler cranes.

Weighty Matters
29 April 2022 What used to be 'ultra-heavy' is today’s 'mid-range'; what is out of the question today might be possible next year. Gavin Kerr, global cranes director at Mammoet speaks to Julian Champkin about developments in the world of heavy lifting.

A safe haven
29 April 2022 This month’s Job of the Month goes to the relocation of a 53 tonne Newton Chambers Koehring (NCK) crane owned by UK port, ABP Ipswich. The port commissioned marine contractor Red7Marine to relocate the crane from West Bank Quay, across the River Orwell, to Cliff Quay utilising its Haven Seajack 4 jack-up barge.

March 2022


Green revolution
24 March 2022 Lifting is overwhelmingly powered by fossil-fuel diesel. How can it become sustainable? Julian Champkin finds encouraging progress towards a carbon-neutral industry.

Standing their ground
24 March 2022 Can their ability to withstand the toughest of conditions and operate on the roughest of ground secure the rough terrain's position in the crane market? Julian Champkin reports.

Walking the walk
24 March 2022 CEO Joel Dandrea, CEO of SC&RA, shares his vision for the future of the Association with Cranes Today. Mike Chalmers reports.

Building back better
24 March 2022 Chris Smith, Vice President Transportation at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, speaks to Cranes Today about the opportunities and challenges surrounding Biden’s $1.3 trillion infrastructure bill. Christian Shelton reports.

Mountain climbing
24 March 2022 A Sennebogen 613 crawler crane transports itself along a steep and narrow route to a mountaintop job site in Switzerland.