SC&RA Participates in ICSA & ESTA Meetings in Munich
(April 17, 2019)
- While at Bauma last week, SC&RA staff, Beth O’Quinn, Steven Todd and Jason Bell, advocated and networked on behalf of members and participated in ICSA & ESTA meetings to discuss a multitude of crane, rigging and specialized transport issues.
The International Crane Stakeholders Assembly met April 10 during Bauma in Munich. ICSA is a meeting of international associations representing the crane and rigging industry and crane manufacturers, and its goal is to foster the sharing of information, networking and the harmonization of industry standards globally. SC&RA was represented by O’Quinn and Robert Weiss, Cranes, Inc. Meetings were held throughout the day amongst crane and rigging users and crane manufacturers. Associations represented included The Crane Industry Council of Australia; Crane Rental Association of Canada; European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes; Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; European Materials Handling Federation; and the Japan Crane Association.
Some of the key issues discussed included:
- An update and action for draft ICSA position paper on ground conditions – the transport and logistics of delivering large windfarm components onto site and the coordination of hard stand utilization;
- An update and action for draft ICSA position paper on the use of cranes on barges;
- Developments to crane standards - EN 13000, B30.5, and B30.30; and
- ICSA’s new website debuting in May (www.icsa-crane.org).
ICSA’s next scheduled meeting will be held in Las Vegas, March 12, 2020 during CONEXPO.
Todd was a guest speaker at the April 11 meeting of the European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes in Munich. At the Section Transport Meeting, Todd briefed the group on new online permit systems in the U.S. and progress of the Uniform Permit Transport 2021 (UPT2021) initiative. UPT2021 advocates for widespread acceptance of oversize/overweight weight and dimension configurations issued under automated, auto-issued single trip permits. Several EU countries gave updates on permitting in their countries and trends relating to driver training, bridge problems, and escort rules.
In the ESTA cranes meeting, several topics were discussed including crane hardstands for the installation of wind turbines; voluntary road inspections for cranes; and the European crane operator license project.
For more information on SC&RA’s contributions to the meeting, contact O’Quinn