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Ports of Auckland orders and upgrades Terex ASCs
22 November, 2016 New Zealand port operator Ports of Auckland has ordered 27 fully automated straddle carriers (ASCs) from Terex Port Solutions (TPS) and upgraded 21 existing machines.
  • Konecranes wins largest deal in its history
    Konecranes has received a notice of intent to award contracts from the Virginia Port Authority in the USA for 86 automatic stacking cranes. This will be the largest deal in the history of Konecranes.
  • LGH UK re-launches
    The original owners of Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) have re-launched their business in the UK, exactly 10 years after leaving the market.


Safety at height
14 November, 2016 Fall protection and fall arrest systems are a vital element in providing safe working conditions for overhead crane engineers. We look at recent news from work at height safety equipment providers, and a range of technical solutions.
  • Lifting knowledge
    CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is using an automatic hook from Elebia to lift and lower a 750kg concrete beam used for radiation tests at the Franco-Swiss site.
  • The odd couple
    A Modulift spreader bar was used to allow a dockside gantry crane and crawler to work in tandem.
  • Street at port
    Street Crane is helping Port of Blyth to enhance its fabrication services with a new Goliath crane.
  • Fall protection
    In all workplaces, careful planning, expertise, and the right equipment choices, are key to avoiding accidents. For Nik Wallenda, one of the seventh generation of the famous family of tight-rope walkers, safe rigging is paramount.


Staying afloat on the North Sea?
14 November, 2016 This month, I’ll be attending LiftEx, the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Assocation’s (LEEA) UK trade show. Unlike bigger rivals, the event is tightly focussed on overhead lifting. While often busy for its size, it is on a scale that makes it possible to get around quickly and speak to all of the exhibitors in a day or two.
  • Measure for Measure
    In this month’s Hoist our focus is on inspection and testing. We have three articles that look at how testing equipment and inspection services are vital to crane selection, installation, and operation.