This year, the Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites adjacent to the New Orleans Convention Center will serve as the venue for the CRC/ICHC, with the event organiser Maximum Capacity Media (MCM) choosing New Orleans for its proximity to the wealth of petrochemical installations and refineries on the Gulf Coast.

At the two-day event, speakers will focus on the theme of ‘Tools for Effective Crane and Rigging Management’, targeting safety managers, crane and rigging supervisors, plant managers and risk management personnel.

Aimed at both attendees interested in the use of industrial overhead cranes and those more focused on mobile hydraulic crane applications, the event will feature CRC/ICHC joint sessions looking at accident trends, training techniques, rigging inspection and best practice.

Both manufacturer Columbus McKinnon and Crane Institute Certification (CIC) are named as event partners, with Load Systems International named as lunch sponsor at the event.

Crane Institute Certification executive director, Debbie Dickinson, said: “The purpose of this event is right on target with the needs of the industry. The conference will assist the industry in understanding and creating viable solutions to difficult problems.

CIC and Columbus McKinnon are collaborating with MCM in order to create opportunities for safer, more productive and profitable work.”

Load Systems International’s president and CEO, David Smith, also added: “LSI has been a sponsor of three CRC/ICHC conferences to date. We find, overall, that the event draws a broad cross section of key industry personnel, exposing us to a diverse range of new customer opportunities.

“I’m personally excited to see New Orleans as the location for the next venue which is in close proximity to marine, offshore and land-based crane operations.”

MCM president Guy Ramsey commented: “After two successful years in Houston, MCM Events decided to move our annual CRC/ICHC conference to New Orleans based on input from past exhibitors and presenters. The city offers an ideal location near the Gulf Coast’s massive refinery and petrochemical industries. In addition, major engineering and construction efforts continue rebuilding the area after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina caused major destruction.”