Programme announced for Singapore crane conference

By Murray Pollok12 May 2014

A round-table on lifting in the oil and gas sector, the latest advice on health and safety issues and a special report on Myanmar’s fast-growing crane industry will be among the topics covered by the International Cranes & Transport Asia Pacific (CATAP) conference in Singapore on 30 September.

Speakers from companies including Tat Hong, Mammoet, Leighton Contractors Asia and Modulift have already been confirmed and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The preliminary programme and other event details are at the conference website:

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.

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

Speakers and topics at CATAP will include:

  • Bryan Cronie (Asia Pacific Regional SHE-Q & training director, Mammoet): Creating a Safety Culture in Lifting Operations.
  • Tat Hong: Expectations and challenges in Australia’s crane industry (speaker to be confirmed).
  • Oil & gas round-table: The demands of working in the oil and gas sector.
  • Myanmar focus: The country’s largest crane rental player provides a rare glimpse into a fast developing crane market.
  • Brandon Hitch (general manager, CraneSafe Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA)): Impact of the 10 year crane inspection programme.
  • Anthony Culshaw (mechanical design engineer, Modulift): Why a global standard for lifting and spreader beams is required.
  • Steve Carter (senior plant inspector, Leighton Contractors Asia): Crane safety and operator training in Asia - a contractor’s perspective.
  • China round-table: Equipment trends and the used crane market in China.
  • Graham Brent (executive director, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, North America: The benefits of crane operator certification.

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, and 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 a few months before the event.

The CATAP conference has the following sponsors: Gold sponsors - Terex, XCMG and Zoomlion. Silver Sponsor - Sany. Supporting sponsors - Modulift and Scheuerle/Nicolas/Kamag.

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