The inaugural International Cranes and Transport Asia Pacific (CATAP) conference got off to a strong start in Singapore on 30 September. Keynote speaker Rajiv Biswas from IHS set the scene with an economic roundup and outlook for the region. Focusing on safety in Singapore's crane industry was Mohamed Abdul Akbar Bin Mohamed Abdul Kader, chairman of the National Crane Safety Taskforce (Singapore). He is also managing director at Nan Guan Construction Pte Ltd.
CATAP attracted more than 160 attendees and was one of three events in the first Singapore Crane Fair, starting with the Crane Carnival on 28 September attended by more than 1,000 crane industry people and their families. The next day was the Crane Safety Symposium, attended by more than 400 industry stakeholders focusing on ways to raise awareness of and improve industry safety by reducing the number of accidents and near misses.