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7 and 8 November 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

 Amsterdam, Netherlands


World Crane and Transport Summit 2015 success


The fifth World Crane and Transport Summit was welcomed by more than 270 delegates as it opened its doors at the NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week.


The event was opened by Alex Dahm, editor of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine, followed by Joel Dandrea, Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) executive vice president.


The conference was held over two days, with presentations from a range of speakers including keynote speaker Jan Kleijn, Mammoet CEO. Kleijn started the two-day event with a speech highlighting some of the potentially disruptive trends impacting on the industry. He mentioned disruptions to the energy industry, the refugee crisis in Europe, lower oil prices, political issues in Russia. He also took a look at the future of the industry and potential influence from web-based technology companies, 3D printing and sustainability.


Continuing with the theme of safety, Marco van Daal used his time on stage to take a look at why so many crane accidents happen in the wind energy industry, taking a look at pressures on the load, reasons behind crane collapses and how technology also changes the way the industry needs to look at job preparation. “Almost all crane accidents come down to human mistakes,” van Daal said. “The use of the word accident implies that the ‘accident’ was not foreseeable and manageable, however, most crane accidents are avoidable.”


One way to avoid accidents is with training, as Natasja Sesink, BeOne Development operational partner, showed. She gave her presentation on training and development programmes for heavy lifting and transportation. “We are living in interesting times,” Sesink said. “There are many ways to facilitate and participate in training. Digital learning now includes simulators, apps, e-learning, Google Classroom and augmented reality. This involves the real world and the virtual world. Augmented reality on construction sites could be the learning for the future.”


A focus on safety and developments in the crane and transport sector continued to be the theme of discussion during the second day of the Summit. A presentation from Jussi Yli-Niemi, Havator Group CEO, gave insight into areas that included environmental sustainability and strict operational requirements when operating in Scandinavia. Ton Klijn, Wagenborg Nedlift managing director and ESTA board director, gave an overview of where the proposals for a European Crane Operator Licence (ECOL) currently stands and ways in which the scheme could be implemented.


Major developments in rope technology and implications for transforming hoisting performance was also discussed, with an interesting presentation from Dr Oliver Fries, WireCo World Group vice president of global research and development, innovation and technology.


The afternoon's presentations included a round table discussion on industry recruitment, with feedback from members of the next generation of employees. Speakers included Marcus Chee, a crane specialist at Bok Seng Logistics, Thierry van Schaik, SSC Wind wind turbine installation engineer, and Koen Doorman, Mammoet junior engineer.


The event was concluded with reports on challenging specialized transport projects in Costa Rica and Guatemala and a video of the winning Moving Job of the Year, presented to Tradelossa by the SC&RA at the Job of the Year Awards 2015.


The World Crane and Transport Summit was organised by International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine and KHL Group. It was supported by industry associations, including the SC&RA and ESTA. Gold sponsors were Terex and Zoomlion. Silver Sponsors were Kobelco, Liebherr, Manitowoc, Scheuerle/Nicolas/Kamag and Tadano. Supporting sponsors were A1A Software, Blok Cam, Faymonville, Goldhofer, Modulift, Trimble and WireCo WorldGroup.


A full review of the event will appear in the November 2015 issue of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine.



2015 Programme



8.30 – 10.00

Registration, coffee & pastries


10.00 – 10.05

Welcome and introduction

Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport

Joel Dandrea, executive vice president, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)


Chair, Nils Blythe





10.05 – 10.30


Jan Kleijn, chief executive officer, Mammoet


10.30 – 10.55

Economic outlook: Eurozone and the global economy

Carlijn Prins, economist, Rabobank


10.55 – 11.20

Demanding environments: trends in lifting

and transport in oil and gas projects

Ton Raemakers, managing director, Euro-Rigging


11.20 – 11.50 Coffee and sponsors’ displays





11.50 – 12.20

Why so many crane accidents happen in the wind industry

Marco van Daal, owner, The Works International


12.20 – 12.45

Transport and lifting of wind turbine components

Norbert van Schaik, project specialist transport, crane and installations, Siemens Wind Power


12.45 – 14.00 Lunch and sponsors’  displays



14.00 – 14.40

ROUND-TABLE: Wind turbine projects – working as a team

Hans-Dieter Willim, general manager of design, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen

Norbert van Schaik, project specialist transport, crane and installations, Siemens Wind Power

Declan Corrigan, technical manager, Windhoist


14.40 – 15.05

PROJECT REPORT: ESTA job of the year

Sarens Belgium – Enercon Wind Park, the Netherlands

Stijn Sarens, country manager, Sarens Group





15.05 – 15.30

Proposals for a European Crane Operator Licence (ECOL)

Ton Klijn, managing director, Wagenborg Nedlift and board director, ESTA


15.30 – 16.00 Coffee and sponsors’  displays


16.00 – 16.25

New ESTA guidelines on the operation of selfpropelled modular transporter (SPMT)

David Collett, managing director, Collett & Sons and president, ESTA


16.25 – 16.50

Training and development programmes for heavy lifting and transportation

Natasja Sesink, operational partner, BeOne Development


16.50 – 17.15

Failure investigation and assessment of lifting equipment

Judy Goh, senior consultant, Matcor Technology & Services


17.15 – 17.20 Q&A and close


19.00 – 20.00

Networking reception


20.15 – 22.30

Networking dinner






8.15 – 9.00

Coffee and pastries




Chair, Nils Blythe


9.00 – 9.25

HSE and environmental sustainability: challenges for crane companies

Jussi Yli-Niemi, CEO, Havator Group


9.25 – 9.50

Trends in Singapore and South East Asia’s crane and transport sector

Vincent Teo, senior director and Steven Tan, manager health and safety, Bok Seng Logistics


9.50 – 10.15

Major developments in rope technology and its implications for transforming hoisting performance

Dr Oliver Fries, vice president of global R&D, innovation and technology, WireCo WorldGroup


10.15 – 10.50 Coffee and sponsors’  displays


10.50 – 11.30

ROUND-TABLE: Developing crane rental markets of the world

Carsten von der Geest, EMEAR region director, Terex Cranes.

Michael Birch, executive director, ALE

Speaker from Tradelossa, Mexico





11.30 – 12.00

Succession planning for family businesses

Hans Gotink, executive coaching


12.00 – 12.25

Private equity’s role in the crane industry

Frank Bardonaro, president, Maxim Crane Works


12.25 – 12.30  Q&A


12.30 – 13.40  Networking lunch


13.40 – 14.25

ROUND-TABLE: Industry recruitment – lessons from young employees

Marcus Chee, crane specialist, Bok Seng

Thierry van Schaik, wind turbine installation, SSC Wind

Koen Doorman, junior engineer, Mammoet





14.25 – 14.55

Two ultra-challenging transport projects in Costa Rica and Guatemala

Mathias Rehe, chief executive officer, Daco Heavy Lift


14.55 – 15.25

PROJECT REPORT: SC&RA Job of the year

Tradelossa, Mexico – 1,000 moves for Latin

America’s biggest oil & gas project



15.25 – 15.35

Close of conference

Alex Dahm, editor, International Cranes and Specialized Transport






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