Warnings of tighter abnormal transport regs in Germany and France

Unfortunately, we have to start the New Year with news of further tightening regulations for abnormal transports in Germany and France. Also we have received reports that the Belgian police are fining trucks for missing marker signs that were abolished by the European Union years ago. These are all worrying developments which give the impression … Read more

ECOL makes progress in Denmark

Official Danish recognition of the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) has moved a step closer following a meeting last week between ECOL Supervisory Board members Klaus Meissner and Ton Klijn with senior officials from the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the country’s largest business and employers organisation. The meeting discussed the next steps needed in … Read more

ESTA pressing for improved SPMT training and maintenance

ESTA is considering whether to create a Europe-wide system of training for SPMT operators similar to its growing European Crane Operators Licence scheme. Following informal talks with industry leaders, ESTA is setting up a special working group to agree the scope of the project. The working group will also discuss updating ESTA’s 2016 SPMT Best … Read more

Viktor Baumann becomes ESTA affiliate member

German heavy lifting and abnormal transport company Viktor Baumann has joined ESTA as an affiliate member. Headquartered in Bornheim in Westphalia, Baumann was one of the winners in the 2021 ESTA Awards. It took the category Transport: Trailer and Load More than 120 Tonnes GCW for the transport of a 50 metre heat exchanger in … Read more

Mammoet’s ECOL success

Five more Mammoet crane operators have passed their examinations for a European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL). They take the total number of operators qualified with Mammoet to 25. The total number of ECOL-qualified operators now stands at 48. Wouter van Noort, President of ESTA’s Section Cranes and Mammoet’s Europe Director said: “The ECOL qualification is … Read more

ESTA waiting for VEMAGS response

ESTA is waiting for a response from the German authorities to concerns expressed about the new VEMAGS permit system for heavy transport introduced in the country earlier this year. German government officials faced strong criticism during a lively debate at a meeting with industry representatives in November. ESTA and fellow German and European associations hope … Read more

More free content in ESTA’s library

Two new documents have recently been lodged in ESTA’s new online library and are available for free download. They are ICSA Guidance N004 Mobile Crane Ground Preparation for Wind Farm Construction and Aeroflex and the future of sustainable road transport – an ESTA briefing. Earlier this year, ESTA created a Library section in its new … Read more

COVID-19: Transport impact of new measures in the Netherlands

On December 18, the Dutch Government announced details of a national lockdown that will last until at least Friday, January 14, 2022. The lockdown includes the closure of all non-essential shops, bars, restaurants and theatres. Only food stores (supermarkets and takeaway points) will remain open to the public. The consequences for the transport sector are … Read more

ESTA Awards 2022 – call for entries

Calling all ESTA members, special members, affiliated companies and supporters: The ESTA Users’ Night and Awards 2022 will take place – in person – at the five star Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in the Netherlands on Thursday March 17 next year. The closing date for entries is January 14, so don’t delay. All entry … Read more