Andreas Öhman from freight and transportation company Gansta Åkeri AB in Sweden has won the World Crane Championship (WCC) – a loader crane operating competition run by on-road load handling specialist Hiab. The competition took place on 22 and 23 September in connection with the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hannover, Germany.

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Among 15 finalists, Öhman won the championship final with a time of 2:32:89. Jani Väisänen from Finland came in second place with a time of 2:38:95. And Tim Hansen from Denmark came in third place with a time of 2:33:18 after winning the bronze final.

In the finals of the third World Crane Championships, the crane drivers had to move water cans along a predefined path in the shortest possible time using a Hiab X-HiPro 232 mid-range loader crane.

“I was very nervous during the competition. I had a high heart rate but now it feels so good,” Öhman said after the race. “The WCC competition was a lot of fun – you meet people from all over the world!”

Öhman returned home with a EUR 5,000 travellers cheque and a EUR 20,000 voucher to help purchase a new Hiab loader crane.

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