The World Crane and Transport Summit took place on 22 and 23 October 2009 at the famous Hotel Okura

The World Crane and Transport Summit took place on 22 and 23 October 2009 at the famous Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Almost 300 delegates attended the two day World Crane and Transport Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 22 and 23 October.

Top representatives from crane and transport companies, equipment manufacturers, associations and standards bodies from around the world met to discuss industry issues. These included new safety standards for design and use of equipment, issues for operators and business.

Highlights for the 289 attendees included the signing of an international agreement to foster closer working with common aims for harmonised standards licensing and ways of working. Members of the new World Crane and Transport Alliance are the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA), European Association of Heavy Haulage, Transport and Cranes (ESTA), Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA), New Zealand Heavy Haulage Association (NZHHA), Crane Association of Canada (CRAoC).

There was also a productive and detailed debate on issues and proposals related to the amendment of the EN13000 standard for cranes regarding rated capacity limiters.

Speakers at the event included: Roderik van Seumeren, Mammoet; Frank Bardonaro, AmQuip; Robert Weiss, Cranes Inc; Eric Etchart, Manitowoc; Christoph Schneider, Liebherr; and Klaus Meissner, Terex Cranes.

For a full report on this event see the November issue of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine. In addition, the World Crane and Transport Summit web site, www.khl.com/wcts will be updated with news and photographs from the event plus copies of the presentations to download, videos of the sessions, and much more.

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