ECOL in talks over rigger training

ESTA’s European Crane Operator Licence is in talks about the possibility of developing a rigger training scheme to run alongside its increasingly popular operator training courses. The move was revealed at last week’s online ECOL Participants meeting and followed discussions at the most recent meeting of the ECOL Supervisory Board. The Board gave the go-ahead … Read more

UK delays implementing post-Brexit transport rules

On March 11, the UK Government announced substantial delays to the timetable for the implementation of new post-Brexit requirements for the transport industry covering customs, sanitary and phytosanitary rules. In response, the IRU said: “The delays in the UK implementation timetable provide extra time to prepare the transport operators for the next steps…IRU will undertake … Read more

ICSA best practice guides nearing completion

Two new best practice guides for the crane industry have moved a step closer to publication after the latest meeting of the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA) which took place online in February. Final touches are being put to the long-awaited best practice guide on the safe use of mobile cranes on barges and work … Read more

Sarens runs its first ECOL training course

Sarens – the Belgium-based international heavy lift and transportation company – has run its first training course for the European Crane Operators Licence just weeks after becoming the latest organisation to complete the process of becoming an approved ECOL training centre.  The company’s training centre in Wolvertem, Belgium, received its ECOL Certificate at the end … Read more

Wind safety report take-up too slow, says ESTA

ESTA is pushing for the onshore wind industry to rapidly adopt the measures in the Best Practice Guide for the Transport and Installation of Onshore WTG Systems following a recent crane accident in Sweden. The guide – which is available as a free download from the ESTA Website here, was published last year but ESTA … Read more

ESTA asks members for more information on Germany’s VEMAGS permit reforms

ESTA is asking members to get in touch with detailed examples of how new changes to Germany’s VEMAGS permit system for heavy transport and abnormal loads are working in practice with a view to raising concerns with the European Commission. Non-German transport companies fear that the changes will place them at a commercial disadvantage against … Read more

EU exempts transport workers and service providers from testing and quarantine regs

European transport workers and transport service providers should be exempted from COVID19 testing and quarantine obligations following a European Council decision on Monday, February 1 aimed at minimising disruption to trade. The news is contained in a new Council recommendation and amendments to (EU) 2020/1475 on a “coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement … Read more

Sarens receives ECOL training centre approval

Sarens – the Belgium-based international heavy lift and transportation company – is the latest organisation to complete the process of becoming an approved European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) training centre and is expected to start its first ECOL courses shortly.  The company’s training centre in Wolvertem, Belgium, received its ECOL Certificate at the end of … Read more

Brexit deal’s impact on road transport – IRU summary

Brexit deal’s impact on road transport: The European Union and the United Kingdom have signed a draft EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement. The IRU has produced a summary of the most important new rules related to road and goods transport that will come into effect on January 1, 2021. The IRU document is in Downloads … Read more