Who will benefit?
This course is aimed at surveyors and anyone involved in examining or maintaining lifting appliances, whether they are working in the marine sector, the offshore sector, or examining dockside cranes. The objective is to ensure that examinations are carried out thoroughly and consistently and that personnel who examine lifting appliances are acknowledged as “competent persons”.
The course aims to improve your understanding of the key elements of examining lifting appliances and to reinforce your knowledge of the relevant safety practices.
If you are a surveyor, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the training material by passing the assessment at the end of the course. The materials can also be used by surveyors as a refresher and a reference tool, as and when required.
If you are involved in preparing lifting appliances for a thorough examination, it will give you the information and insights you need to prepare lifting appliances and their associated equipment effectively.
When a lifting appliance fails, the consequences can be far-reaching. Serious injuries and deaths can occur, not just to personnel but to the general public. Legal claims can arise and legal costs inevitably play a part and those costs are rising. When equipment fails, the costs of disrupted operations can also be considerable.
Different national legal frameworks generally require that lifting appliances should be thoroughly examined by a “competent person” at least every 12 months. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines a “competent person” as “a person possessing the knowledge and experience required for the performance of a specific duty or duties and acceptable as such to the competent authority.”
This course will help you towards becoming a “competent person”, able to play your part in improving the safety of lifting appliances.
The course covers the key elements of examining and certifying lifting appliances and also highlights the risks of lifting appliance operations and examinations.
It focuses on the principles of examining ship-mounted lifting appliances and also applies those principles to offshore cranes and to two types of dockside cranes i.e. portainers and transtainers. There are separate modules on loose gear and ropes.
The course does not cover linkspans or shiplift systems, heavy lift or other specialised applications, or ro-ro lifting equipment, or the multitude of land based crane types, although many of the same principles will apply.
The detailed content is divided into 11 modules:
Module 1- introduction
Module 2- health and safety
Module 3- documentation and service records
Module 4- cranes
Module 5- derrick systems
Module 6- LSA davits
Module 7- offshore cranes
Module 8- portainers and transtainers
Module 9- loose gear
Module 10- ropes
Module 11- testing
Lifting appliances come under different legal frameworks, depending on where they are used.
Ship’s deck cranes, engine room cranes, and lifting equipment come under:
- Merchant Shipping Regulations
Flag State requirements
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 152, where it applies. Although ILO 152 has not been adopted by every country, most maritime countries have requirements for lifting appliances which are similar
Ship-mounted life-saving appliances come under:
MO LSA Code
IMO MSC Circulars
Individual flag state requirements
Offshore and land-based appliances come under national regulations, for example:
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, or LOLER
American Petroleum Institute, or API
Canadian Petroleum Board Regulations
European Commission Directives
When you complete the course and pass the final assessment, you will be issued with a certificate of course completion. This is a significant step towards gaining the relevant knowledge you will need as a “competent person”.
What will you learn?
The content also includes documents which can be accessed at any stage from the Reference Library while working through the modules. There is also a comprehensive Glossary with definitions of key terms.
The course includes multiple choice tests at the end of each module. These tests are not a part of the final assessment - they are for you to check your knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course there is a multiple choice test which is assessed. If you are not a surveyor, but are responsible for preparing lifting appliances for an examination, passing this assessment is an important demonstration of your competence to do this work.