The maritime shipping world of today makes remarkably extensive use of the shipboard cranes. It is very difficult to see how the work would be done on vessels without cranes. However, the use of the subject machinery is commonly associated with risk. The goal of the present document is to provide readers, and crane operators in the first turn, with the professional technical knowledge they will need to carry out their work is a safe and effective manner.
The content of the volume has been originally compiled by the SBW specialists and then extended to comply with the requirements of Jumbo. The book covers such important aspects of shipboard crane operations as types of most frequently used cranes and derricks, explains the main components of the cranes, touching the terminology involved. Then, the content of the book is dealing with the safety aspects covering all factors contributing in safety in any way.
The remaining chapters of the volume address the lifting tackle and equipment, lifting chains, steel wire ropes, fabric lifting slings, various specialized lifting equipment including lifting beams and clamps, work platforms and crane hooks, rope sheaves and drums, safe attachment of loads, etc. The procedures established for the lifting operations have also been addressed.