The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), the TT Club and ICHCA International are to announce recommendations for minimum requirements for the operation of quay container cranes during a seminar at TOC Europe 2011 on Thursday, June 9.
The recommendations are not legally binding, and are independent of local, national and international regulatory regimes on the safe design, manufacture, specification and operation of cranes, which must also be satisfied.
The hope of all three organisations, however, is that buyers and suppliers will embrace the safety features outlined in the document as a voluntary industry standard. The report includes issues such as wind damage, hoist, spreaders and ropes, as well as structural and operational issues.
With more than 2,000 insured operations, including more than 400 ports and terminals globally, the claims data gathered by the TT Club as a basis for the recommendations provides a genuine perspective of accident types and causes.
The TT Club’s research showed that, although human factors were the major cause of accidents, existing systems and technologies could be included in the design of equipment to help operators avoid accidents.
Separately, PEMA recently welcomed two new members, increasing its membership to 47 companies, with the addition of crane inspection and refurbishment specialist, World Crane Services, and converter, drive and control systems manufacturer, Seoho Electric.