Final speakers confirmed for Singapore crane and transport conference

By Murray Pollok20 June 2014

Rajiv Biswas, chief Asia economist at IHS, speaks at the CATAP conference in Singapore on 30 Septemb

Rajiv Biswas, chief Asia economist at IHS, speaks at the CATAP conference in Singapore on 30 September.

The final speakers have been confirmed for the International Cranes & Transport Asia Pacific (CATAP) conference in Singapore on 30 September. Rajiv Biswas, chief Asia economist at IHS, is the keynote speaker and Cor-Henk Roolvink, Asia Pacific construction manager at Foster Wheeler, is taking part in the oil and gas round-table.

Representatives from Sarens, Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift, Mammoet and Leighton Contractors Asia will be among the participants.

Biswas, an expert on Asia who worked with The Economist before joining IHS, will assess economic prospects for the region and address issues including China's future growth and the impact of the recent Indian elections.

The full programme and the online booking page are at: www.khl.com/catap

The conference is organised by International Cranes and Specialized Transport and KHL Group, working with the Singapore Cranes Association, the Singapore Contractors Association and the country’s Workplace Safety and Health Council.

Speakers and topics at CATAP will include:

  • Bryan Cronie (Mammoet): Creating a safety culture in lifting operations.
  • Rob West (Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift) Expectations and challenges in Australia’s crane industry.
  • Dirk Verwimp (Sarens): Large modules: forward planning and reducing costs.
  • Mohamed Abdul Akbar Bin Mohamed Abdul Kader (National Crane Safety Taskforce & Nan Guan Construction) Singapore’s crane industry: making safety a priority.
  • Oil & gas round-table: The demands of working in the oil and gas sector, with Bryan Cronie (Mammoet), Cor-Henk Roolvink (Foster Wheeler) and others to be confirmed.
  • Steve Carter (Leighton Contractors Asia): Crane safety and operator training in Asia - a contractor’s perspective.
  • China round-table: Lifting in the nuclear power industry; trends in the mobile and tower crane markets.

CATAP takes place as part of the three-day Singapore Crane Fair being organised by various industry bodies, comprising a Crane Carnival on Sunday 28 September; a half-day Singapore-focused Crane Safety Symposium on Monday 29 September; and KHL’s full-day CATAP conference on Tuesday 30 September.

The Crane Carnival on the Sunday – first held last year and organised by the Singapore Cranes Association and the Singapore Contractors Association – is for Singapore crane industry professionals, their families, jobseekers and students. It aims to increase awareness of the crane sector, showcase the industry’s approach to safety and health, and help communicate the high level of responsibility and professionalism required to be a successful operator.

The half-day Crane Safety Symposium is organised by the Workplace Safety and Health Council, alongside the Ministry of Manpower and Singapore Cranes Association, and is a specialist conference looking at safety issues in Singapore. The programme for the symposium will be published in the run up to the event.

The CATAP conference has the following sponsors: Gold sponsors – Terex, XCMG and Zoomlion. Silver sponsor – Sany. Supporting sponsors – Modulift, Scheuerle/Nicolas/Kamag and LSI Robway.

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