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7 and 8 November 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

 Amsterdam, Netherlands


The third World Crane and Transport Summit


The World Crane and Transport Summit 2013 opened on 29 October to an international audience in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More than 250 industry professionals registered for the event at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in central Amsterdam.


It is the third time that the two day conference has been held. The event offers thought-provoking presentations to help generate debate on key issues facing the lifting and project transport industry worldwide. Speakers at this year’s event include: Léon Schöpping, senior construction engineer & PTE lifting & hoisting, Shell International Exploration & Production; Joel Dandrea, executive vice president, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA); and David Collett, ESTA president and R Collett & Sons (Transport) managing director.


The first part of the programme set the scene with presentations on the world economy, its link to the construction industry and the implications for the crane and transport sector. Key issues facing the industry were presented both from an equipment end user and from a manufacturer perspective.


Another top theme of the day is the importance of global partnerships to achieve common requirements in lifting and transport. In respect of harmonising standards, the issues regarding the EN 13000 European standard governing rated capacity limiters continues to make progress.


Major input from Chinese manufacturers at the event provides insight into the world’s largest market and the ambitions of these companies domestically and globally.






08.00 – 08.30

Registration, networking and morning coffee


08.30 – 08.45

Welcome and opening remarks

> James King, managing director, KHL Group

> Nadine Dereza, conference chairperson





08.45 – 09.10

Prospects for the global construction economy. Follow the money

> Domonic Swords, economist


09.10 – 09.35

Critical issues facing the global cranes and heavy transport industry – a US perspective

> Ron Montgomery, president, SC&RA and president, International Rigging & Heavy Haul

> Joel Dandrea, executive vice president, SC&RA


09.35 – 10.00

Key issues facing the global crane industry – a major manufacturer’s perspective

> Tim Ford, president, Terex Cranes


10.00 – 10.15 Q&A session


10.15 – 10.45 Morning coffee





10.45 – 11.10

Harmonising standards and creating a single market – a European perspective

> David Collett, ESTA president and Collett Transport managing director


11.10 – 11.35

China focus: Strategy, prospects and standards in the biggest global market

> Wu Li Kun, Sany vice president and crane division general manager


11.35 – 12.00

Driving safety to new levels – a client’s view

> Leon Schopping, senior construction engineer and PTE lifting & hoisting, Shell International Exploration & Production, the Netherlands


12.00 – 12.25

How heavy lift can recover delays – examples working with the AL SK190 in the Middle East

> Yannick Sel, sales manager, ALE Projects


12.25 – 12.45 Q&A session


12.45 – 14.00 Lunch








14.00 – 14.25

PROJECT 1. Burkhalter’s award winning work on the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge, Galveston, Texas, USA

> Delynn Burkhalter, president and CEO, Burkhalter


14.25 – 15.00

Root causes of mobile crane accidents and how to reduce them

> Klaus Meissner, crane group president, European Federation of Materials Handling (FEM), director, product integrity, at Terex Cranes

> Søren Jansen, ESTA director


15.00 – 15.15 Q&A session


15.15 – 15.45 Afternoon tea




15.45 – 16.10

Why the crane and heavy lifting sector needs to recruit more women – the greatest lost potential in the industry today

> Emma O’Dwyer, vice president market development, The Matcom Group


16.10 – 16.45

Round table discussion – Where is the next generation?

How to attract a new generation of qualified young people into the crane and heavy transport industry.

> Nadine Dereza, moderator

> Graham Brent, NCCCO executive director

> Emma O’Dwyer, Matcom Group vice president

> Ton Klijn, ESTA secretary and Wagenborg Nedlift managing director


16.45 – Questions followed by closing remarks







09.00 – 09.15

Welcome and opening remarks

> Nadine Dereza, conference chairperson





09.15 – 09.35

Global construction markets – trends and prospects

> Chris Sleight, editor, International Construction


09.35 – 10.00

Transportation accidents, common causes and prevention

> Marco van Daal, owner, The Works International, Aruba


10.00 – 10.35

China focus:

Development and trends in China’s mobile crane sector

> Xiong Yanming, vice president, Zoomlion Group


Remote management of mobile cranes

> Zhu Changjian, senior engineer, XCMG


10.35 – 10.45 Q&A session


10.45 – 11.15 Morning coffee





11.15 – 11.40

The EN 13000 debate. Where to now and the implications for the global industry

> John Gillespie, president, Crane Industry Council of Australia and managing director, Gillespies Cranes Services


11.40 – 12.05

PROJECT 2: Analysis of an award winning project from Mammoet, the Netherlands

> Erik Kroes, project sponsor, Mammoet


12.05 – 12.30

Repair, refurbishment and counterfeit parts; maintaining standards

> Andreas Koehler, owner, Koehler Kran Service


12.30 – 12.45 Q&A session


12.45 – 14.00 Lunch




14.00 – 14.25

Current markets and prospects for the equipment sector in India

> Samir Bansal, general manager, Off-Highway Research, India


14.25 – 14.50

The great US certification debate: why operator certification in the US has reached a crossroads

> Robert Weiss, vice president, Cranes Inc


14.50 – 15.20

Lashing chains – state of the art, technical innovation and practical hints

> Alexander Hoffmann, product manager, RUD Group


15.20 – 15.50 Afternoon coffee





15.50 – 16.15

PROJECT 3. Transporting a super load through North America’s busiest traffic corridor

> Ed Bernard, vice president, Precision Group and operations manager, PDS


16.15 – 16.45

Concluding round table – accelerating the

moves to global standards


16.45 – Q&A session followed by closing remarks










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