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September 2023


Below the hook: Multi-point beams
25 September 2023 Below-the-hook equipment comes in all shapes and sizes, as demonstrated by multi-point lifting beams (and modular spreader frames), writes Dan Mongan, senior sales engineer at The Caldwell Group.

LEEA column: Improving standards
21 September 2023 Ben Dobbs, head of global standards and legislation at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, highlights the current works in progress and plans for the BS7121 Code of practice for the safe use of cranes.

Below the hook: A hook in the water
01 September 2023 Some hooks are designed for underwater applications and use with remotely operated vehicles. Avoiding shedding and snagging are among the requirements, writes Robert Allen, outside sales manager for The Caldwell Group’s RUD product line in the US and Canada.

August 2023


Kito Crosby announces Oliver Crosby & Edwin Harrington Memorial Scholarship
30 August 2023 Kito Crosby, a manufacturer of lifting and securement solutions, has launched the Oliver Crosby & Edwin Harrington Memorial Scholarship through the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) association scholarship programme.

Sarens takes delivery of Liebherr LR 12500-1.0 Crawler Crane
29 August 2023 Crane and heavy lifting company Sarens has taken delivery of its first unit of the new Liebherr LR 12500- 1.0 crawler crane at the Port of Rostock in Germany.

AP Moller Maersk recognised for Safety App
25 August 2023 AP Moller Maersk has won a safety award for its AMPT Vessel Inspection App, at the ICHCA International and TT Club awards, which celebrate safety innovation within the cargo handling and transport sector.

Otg launches E-Learning Series For Dry Bulk Cargoes
24 August 2023 Learning and operational technology firm Ocean Technologies Group (OTG) has partnered with KeelX Education to offer Series One of the latter’s Safe Handling and Transportation of Dry Bulk Cargoes e-learning courses through OTG’s Ocean Learning Platform.

Ad Ports Group to expand Khalifa Port
23 August 2023 AD Ports Group has announced it will further expand Khalifa Port, in Abu Dhabi, to include drydock services. With this expansion, Khalifa Port will further expand its range of port and marine logistics services, from container and cargo handling to vessel repairs and maintenance, to better serve existing clients and attract new ones. The addition of drydock services will enable Khalifa Port to meet the growing demand for these services from regional and international clients.

Preparing for the New Eu machinery regulations
22 August 2023 Ben Dobbs, head of global standards and legislation at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, examines the upcoming changes between the Machinery Directive and the new Machinery Regulations.

DLM Editor's Comment: The Jewel of the Nile
17 August 2023 Global port operator Hutchison Ports has invested $700m in two major projects in Egypt: Ain Sokhna Port and B100, a new container terminal in the Port of Alexandria, which will serve as a gateway to the Egyptian market.

Below the hook: In need of TLC
04 August 2023 It is possible to safely lift curved plate or pipe, as found in many manufacturing applications, with specially designed clamps, writes Dale Kelly, engineering manager at The Caldwell Group.

Making hoists and lifting equipment inspections paperless and digital
02 August 2023 Taking hoists and lifting equipment inspections paperless and digital has become increasingly popular in recent years. By utilising digital platforms, companies can streamline their inspection process, save time, reduce costs and improve the accuracy of their inspections, writes Trishan Khan, marketing manager at Australian mobile data collection provider Pervidi.

July 2023


LEEA column: Responsibilities for all
31 July 2023 Oliver Auston, CEO of Safehold and deputy chair of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, looks at the respective responsibilities of manufacturers, importers, distributors and end users.

Sparrows Group secures North Sea crane and lifting contract
19 July 2023 Sparrows Group, an engineering and maintenance specialists for global energy and industrial sectors, has secured a three-and-a-half-year contract with Ineos FPS to provide crane and lifting equipment operations, maintenance, engineering and inspection services on the Ineos Unity platform in the North Sea.

Editor's Comment: Firms spring into sustainable action
18 July 2023 Konecranes announced in the spring that it had reached a milestone on its climate roadmap, with all the electricity used in its factories last year coming from renewable sources. It’s a fantastic achievement, although I was actually more impressed by an answer to an interview question I’d asked earlier this year, around the same time as the Konecranes announcement.

Editor's Comment: Nitchi is no more
14 July 2023 So, I almost ignored an email from a reader that dropped into my inbox recently, as I was worried it was a phishing attempt due to the random email address (you know the type: first name/surname initial, plus a stream of numbers).

Back to lifting basics
04 July 2023 Bernie Winter, technical services at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, stresses the importance of competency in lifting equipment operations, maintenance and inspections.

June 2023


Below the hook: The differences between spreader and lifting beams
30 June 2023 From top rigging to lifting points, there are key differences between spreader and lifting beams, writes Dan Mongan, senior sales engineer at The Caldwell Group.

Editor's Comment: Five trends to consider for the rest of 2023
29 June 2023 At the start of the year, the US Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) highlighted five trends to watch out for in 2023

Kalmar to supply reachstackers to French multimodal terminal operator
27 June 2023 Kalmar has also concluded an agreement to supply French multimodal terminal operator BTM with two Kalmar electric reachstackers. The machines will be operated at Terminal Ouest Provence (TOP), a new multimodal development due to be completed in Q2 2024. The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q2 2023 order intake and the machines are scheduled to be delivered during Q1 2024.