New guidance from the ICSA aims to raise safety standards

ICSA – the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly – has published two new detailed, free guidance documents on the use of mobile cranes. The first – ICSA 005 – is the long-awaited report on the use of mobile cranes on barges. Work on this started in the wake of a crane accident in Alphen aan den … Read more

ESTA lobbies Norway’s crane companies for ECOL support

Norway’s crane association – Kranutleiernes Landsforening – heard a detailed explanation of ESTA’s European Crane Operators Licence project from ESTA Director Ton Klijn at its recent annual meeting held in the country’s capital, Oslo. Following the meeting, crane association Secretary Kristian Hersløv said: “We are open to the idea of ECOL and there are obvious … Read more

Top European companies back ESTA’s SPMT training plans

Eleven leading European companies have said they will join ESTA’s discussions about how to create a Europe-wide system of training for SPMT operators. Concern has been growing in the industry at the lack of recognised training qualifications and the need to improve safety standards as the SPMT market grows. As a result, ESTA set up … Read more

Book your place at ESTA’s autumn meetings in Finland

ESTA’s 2022 Autumn Meeting will be hosted by Finnish association INFRA and takes place on October 13 and 14 in Helsinki at the Scandic Grand Marina Hotel. ESTA members can reserve their rooms themselves through Scandic’s official website using the Hotel Room booking button in the meetings section of this website. Meanwhile, Antti Astren has … Read more

ESTA issues urgent fuel contracts clause reminder

ESTA is reminding its members to use transport contracts that include valid fuel clauses that can be revised on a weekly basis. Ton Klijn, ESTA’s Director, said the association has discussed the impact of the present geopolitical situation on fuel prices and the uncertainty this is causing. He added: “It is obvious that we should … Read more

Rainer Sasse of Luxtrailers SARL joins ESTA Board

Rainer Sasse, CEO of Luxembourg-based company Luxtrailers SARL, has joined the board of ESTA following approval from the association’s General Assembly. As mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany, Sasse worked for Tii-Sales – the joint sales organization of Scheuerle, Nicolas and Kamag – for over 21 years. As Vice … Read more

ESTA Newsflash: Driving restrictions in Austria for 2022

The Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility in Austria has published details of additional driving bans in Austria for 2022. The driving bans apply for trucks or articulated vehicles with a maximum permissible total weight of more than 7.5 tonnes and trucks with trailers where the sum of the maximum permissible total weights … Read more

Big boost for ECOL as Denmark gives formal go-ahead

Denmark has confirmed that it is formally recognising the European Crane Operators Licence following a series of meetings and consultations. As a result, any ECOL-qualified crane operator will be able to obtain a Danish crane operators’ licence on production of their ECOL status without the need for any further training or testing. The news was … Read more

ESTA Newsflash: Germany’s permitting rules update

STOP PRESS: ESTA members requested to report problems with new permitting rules in Germany We have learned from ESTA’s German member organization BSK that they have taken the initiative to try and convince the German authorities to adapt their new abnormal transport permitting rules. The changes BSK is calling for include new regulations on the … Read more