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April 2024


All aboard!
19 April 2024 We round up the latest news from exhibitors’ attending TOC Europe 2024 (June 11-13), 2024 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This year’s event brings together Shippers, Carriers, 3PLs and C-level attendees from Ports & Terminals who will attend the Container Supply Chain conference under the theme: Shipping’s seismic shift: Dealing with the supply chain fallout.

5G Marina network pilot
19 April 2024 5G Open Innovation Lab, Washington Maritime Blue, and the City of Tacoma have launched a 5G Network at Tacoma Tideflats, allowing five enterprises to modernize their operations including support for port infrastructure, freight movement, supply chains, and manufacturing.

All under remote control
19 April 2024 Tony Rock rounds up the news from the offshore and subsea sectors, including reporting on a new alliance for remote offshore operations.

Out of Africa
19 April 2024 The lifting industry, and the lifting challenges, are as varied in Africa as anywhere else. Julian Champkin reports.

Look, no holes...
19 April 2024 Flat plates seem to offer no easy attachment points for a hook. But there is a myriad of below-the-hook devices that can lift them. Julian Champkin reports.

Improving power quality in cranes
19 April 2024 In manufacturing, improving crane power quality can increase uptime and ensure productivity, explains Andy Swann, business development manager for cranes and power transmission at power quality specialist CP Automation.

Elevating safety standards
19 April 2024 Nick Warrick, sales manager at All Seasons Uniforms, discusses the critical role played by protective gear in overhead crane operations.

Future global scenarios
19 April 2024 The port of Rotterdam will once again take centre stage for this year’s Breakbulk Europe 2024 taking place on May 21-23, at Rotterdam Ahoy. We take a look at how companies are adapting to a changing climate and increasing supply chain disruptions.

Pipe picks
19 April 2024 The problems with pipe handling can be overcome by using tea cups and the variety of other below-the-hook solutions specifically designed for tubular loads, writes Darrin Noe, director of sales at The Caldwell Group Inc

Safety is written in the scheme
19 April 2024 Bernie Winter of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association’s Technical Services takes a broader look at guidance on written schemes.

Stack ’em up
19 April 2024 A Turkish steel yard has welcomed a new gantry crane solution for stacking steel slabs.

March 2024


CSR: Kito Crosby’s responsible business
29 March 2024 Myra Pinkham speaks to the US-based CEO of Kito Crosby about the efforts the firm is making in the area of corporate social responsibility.

Gantry cranes: The factory start-up
28 March 2024 GH has unveiled an initiative to streamline the company’s collaboration with start-ups, as Julian Champkin reports.

Gantry cranes: Terminal delivery
20 March 2024 Julian Champkin reports on gantry crane solutions operating at an intermodal terminal in the US and a Brazilian port.

Spreader beams and lifting beams: Take the weight off
11 March 2024 While spreader beams and lifting beams are the most popular below-the-hook lifting devices, there is still confusion concerning the differences between the two, in terms of how they’re designed and what they’re used for. Jenny Eagle reports.

Modex 2024: Making connections
06 March 2024 Modex 2024 will deliver the latest knowledge, networking and technology for manufacturing and supply chain professionals. Jenny Eagle takes a look at some of the crane companies exhibiting this year as well some material handling businesses.

February 2024


Securing loads – the latest solutions
26 February 2024 Julian Champkin reports on the latest solutions for securing loads.

Aerospace sector: Prepare for take-off
22 February 2024 Aerospace manufacturers are increasingly turning to cranes and other hoist systems to precisely place critical equipment. Overhead cranes add increased flexibility, reliability, precision and safety not only to aircraft production but all types of large construction projects. Jenny Eagle reports.

Load monitoring: Cloud connect
05 February 2024 Kito Crosby’s Thomas Dietvorst expands upon last year’s launch of the cloud-based Crosby Straightpoint LoadConnect product.

Load monitoring: Underwater measurements
02 February 2024 Tony Rock speaks to the CEO behind a Norwegian subsea invention.