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Feb 042019

Seminar agenda

  • 30 April, 1 & 2 May – Public Seminar Rotterdam
  • 2, 3 & 4 October – Public Seminar Rotterdam

More information about the seminars can be found here.

About Heavy Lift Specialist

Heavy Lift Specialist Richard Krabbendam started organizing seminars and courses since 2008 to improve the Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore industries. In the training course hem together with Marcel Vosse and Toon Bonjer, tranfers their experience and know-how to others in the industry. Heavy Lift Specialist offers two type of seminars:

  • Public Seminars: organized throughout the year, attend individually.
  • Company Seminars: Venue, date and time chosen by you with delegates from your company. Contact Heavy Lift Specialist via info@heavyliftspecialist.com for more information.

Seminar speakers

  • Richard Krabbendam: Founder Heavy Lift Specialist and Consultant / Engineer
  • Marcel Vosse: Senior Engineer at Temporary Works Design (TWD), heavy lift solutions especially in offshore sector
  • Toon Bonjer: Marine Operations Advisor and 40+ year experience in Heavy Lift, Towage & Salvage

General Seminar Program

Day 1
– General knowledge on transport & lifting equipment.
– Mass, forces, centre of gravity
– Heavy transport with hydraulic platform trailers
– Lifting loads with one, two or more cranes

Day 2
– Maintenance and inspection of equipment
– Skidding & jacket techniques
– Set-up of a project planning
– Preperation of cost estimate conclude a deal
– Load-outs of extreme heavy loads
– Safety & risk analysis
– Accidents & How to avoid them
– Heavy Lift Shipping

Day 3
– Wind Turbines: Onshore and Offshore Installations
– Offshore lifting and insteallation techniques

If you decide to book a Company Seminar, the content of the seminar can be adjusted to suit any preferences of the company

At the end of the seminar an evaluation test with 30 multiple choice questions is set for the delegates, in order to evaluate the participants understanding of the course. Every participant receives a certificate with the score in percentages.

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Seminar Information

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Feb 042019

Public Seminar Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • 30 April & 1, 2 May 2019 – Public Seminar Rotterdam (Early Bird valid until 31 March)
  • 2, 3 & 4 October 2019 – Public Seminar Rotterdam (Early Bird valid until 15 July)

2- or 3-day Public Seminar on Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping, Wind and Offshore.

Registration: info@heavyliftspecialist.com

  • Early Bird 2-day €995,-
  • Normal Rate 2-day €1200,-
  • Early Bird 3-day €1195,-
  • Normal Rate 3-day €1400,-

Fee is including lunch and handout.

General Seminar Program

Day 1:

  • Introduction + General Knowledge
  •  Forces, Masses and Center of Gravity
  • Heavy Transport with  Hydraulic Platform trailers
  • Part 1: Lifting of Loads with two or  more cranes

Day 2:

  • Part 2: Lifting of Loads with two or more cranes
  • Maintenance & Inspection                     
  • Skidding & Jacking Techniques     
  • Set-up of  a Project Planning   
  • Load-outs of extreme Heavy Lifts
  • Heavy lift shipping
  • Evaluation test for 2 day participants

Day 3:

  • Lifting afloat
  • Floating cranes
  • Wind Turbines: Onshore & Offshore
  • Offshore Lifting and Installation Techniques
  • Accidents and how to avoid them
  • Evaluation test for 3 day participants

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Feb 042019

Registration and Confirmation
If you want to register for the seminar you can e-mail to info@heavyliftspecialist.com. Please provide us your company details and VAT number, so we can send you an invoice. Once paid, your subscription is confirmed.

Seminar Hours
The Seminar will take full days from 08:30-17:00 hrs.

Which materials do I need at the seminar?
Everything you will need during the seminar will be provided for. We only ask you to bring a calculator and a ruler.

Which hotels are located near the seminar location?
The seminar will take place at Rotterdam Science Tower, which is easily accessible via public transportation (tram, bus and metro). We advise you to book a hotel in the city center of Rotterdam, by metro is takes about 10-15 minutes to reach the location of the seminar. You can plan your travel time to the seminar on the following website:9292.

Parking is available at the Rotterdam Science Tower. The parking garage is accessible via the Tjalklaan and the Marconistraat (do not take the Schiedamse weg!). The ‘Europoint’ parking garage is situated directly next to the Schience Tower. Enter the entrance which says: ‘Rotterdam Science Tower’. Please ring the bell at the parking entrance gate and give your name.

For all other questions concerning the Public Seminar: info@heavyliftspecialist.com

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Dockwise sets 30,000 tonne record

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May 142016

Dockwise has completed a record-breaking installation of a fully integrated SHWE platform for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Dockwise SHWE Topside Skid

Skid Operation
Operation where by the topside is skidded onto the HYSY229 launch barge.

The mega topside, Block A-1 SHP Topside, which includes an hotel and restaurant, weighed nearly 30,000 tonnes and was installed using a float-over method. Dockwise Ltd installed the topside by operating a COOEC installation launch barge, the HYSY229.

Preparing to sailaway near HHI fabrication yard.

Preparing to sailaway near HHI fabrication yard.

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Alphen Incident: Aftermath

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Aug 292015


Today in Dutch newspapers, Jan Pesie, the CEO and owner of the construction company who was responsible for the failed operation where two land cranes positioned on barges were supposed to install a bridge, acknowledge their mistakes and failure. In this project, a 187mt heavy bridge section was lifted by two hydraulic cranes, each positioned on a separate barge.

During the operation, one of the cranes tipped over and dragged the whole combination down, falling on several houses. Jan Pesie was quoted:” We don’t have the in-house expertise to perform and check the stability calculations and do the checking on the pontoons, we have failed”. Later on he was saying: ”This should be done better in any future projects and be outsourced to specialists.

Although, I don’t think that any specialized company could have been able to point out either where this went wrong on forehand”. Now I do think, as project manager of a specialized transport engineering company, that it is our job to actually do so. Companies are paying a lot of money for calculations they can’t do in-house and expect to be advised about the risk’s that they will take. Sometimes they even hire specialists as surveyor to check these calculations and the operation on site, just for making sure situations like this won’t happen.

Of course, we know that in most situations this doesn’t happen. Calculations are probably ok and a surveyor seems to be only there for the nice pictures. But don’t you expect that your car is running smooth after it went to the garage? Should you agree that if your wheel ran off your car because someone forgot to check the bolds, that they would say: “no other speciliast would have seen this coming”?  SOURCE: Maritime Transport Engineering

If you would, what’s still the value of a specialist?

Source: http://www.heavyliftnews.com/news/disaster-strikes-at-bridge-installation-in-the-netherlands


Comment of the Heavy Lift Specialist:

I completely agree on the above comment made by : Maritime Transport Engineering

During the past two weeks I have made an incident Analysis on basis of the YouTube Video and the pictures and data, I have collected from the Internet. Based on conservative measurements, I can only conclude that the GM value of the aft Barge with on top the Liebherr LTM1400-7.1 crane was somewhere between the 1.5 and 2.0 m, which is considered relatively low for such a complex operation.

The Contractors and the Municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn have highly under estimated the Stability of the barges and the very little margins under which this operation could have been carried out safely.  Apparently they went over these very narrow margins, with the result we all know. It is a miracle that no one got hurt or killed in this incident. Hopefully the Industry realizes that lifting a heavy load with hydraulic cranes positioned on floating barges requires more then just a say: “We can do it, no problem”!  From the Marine side, I received support from Dutch Offshore Innovators B.V. and Seacamel B.V.

As my Analysis is only based on conservative estimates, I would very much welcome an official report based on the  actual data  during the incident, so that we all learn from the mistakes made here!

IncidentAnalysisAlphen ConclusionRev05

Interview wethouder Tseard Hoekstra over berging Koningin Julianabrug in Alphen aan den Rijn

Presently The municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn, has invited 5 parties: Smit Tak (part of BosKalis), Mammoet, Hebo, ALE Heavy Lift and Sarens to submit a salvage plan.

It is planned to make a selection before end of August, so that the salvage work and removal of all debris can start early Sept. 2015. The Salvage work is planned to take approx. 4-8 weeks.

Watch the video below:

Directeur BSB Staalbouw over brugdek Koningin Julianabrug in Alphen aan den Rijn

Gepubliceerd op 21 aug. 2015

Als het mee zit, is het brugdek nog voor de jaarwisseling in de Koningin Julianabrug in Alphen aan den Rijn gehesen. Dat zegt Jan Pesie, directeur van BSB Staalbouw, in een interview met Studio Alphen.





Video: Program 4 Day Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore”

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Jul 262015

YouTube Video 4 day Program02This video is a detailed explanation about Who is the “Heavy Lift Specialist” and the 4 day Seminar Program: “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore Lifting and Installation Techniques”  Check out details on http://www.heavyliftspecialist.com  and www.Heavyliftnews.com

Join the next 4 day Seminar in Kuala Lumpur (7-10 Sept. 2015). Perth (12-15 Oct. 2015), Bangkok (16-19 Nov. 2015) or Rotterdam (2 Day Seminar on 25-26 Nov. 2015, incl. Heavy Lift Shipping)

Register now for the 4 Day Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore” in Kuala Lumpur from 7th to 10th of September 2015 or send an e-mail to Mrs. Melanie Seah : e-mail:   melanie.seah@petrogasasia.com   Continue reading “Video: Program 4 Day Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore”” »

Lashing & Securing Software Package

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Jul 212015

VISUAL Cargo Care02Many of my Seminar participants have asked me if there is any software on the market to help them in their lashing & securing plans of Breakbulk and Heavy Lifts on cargo ships.  There is a well established Software package (Lloyds Certified) on the market and I would like to introduce Visual Cargo Care to you below.

During the past decade Capt. Will van ‘t Hek (Executive Director of Visual Cargo Care) , together with his team of qualified engineers have developed  a simple to use Lashing & Securing as well as Stowage Software package. The package has now become fully Certified and a lot of available cargo ships are part of its Data base.

In weekly Free to join Webinars, you can find out if this package suits your needs. For more information click HERE

ABOUT Visual Cargo Care

Visual Cargo Care is an advanced software solution for lashing & securing of heavy-lift and project cargo. When you work in the heavy-lift and project cargo industry, you have to take important decisions. Our software is designed to help you making the right one!

On daily basis there are thousands load-outs of cargoes which are difficult to be shipped due to their weight, size and the way they are to be loaded on seagoing vessels, barges, trucks or rail wagons.

When these precious cargoes need to be transported, a certain Lashing & Securing standard has to be applied, before it will be accepted by Vessels, Cargo-owners, Insurance Companies, Surveyors, Cargo-Superintendents and Shipping Lines.

The Visual Cargo Care solution for Heavy-Lift & Project cargo helps you to be more effectively calculating acceleration forces, applying Lashing & Securing and creating reports for Method Statements. Continue reading “Lashing & Securing Software Package” »

Faymonville Demo-days

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Jul 212015

IMG_5829 - PresseThe semi-trailer manufacturer Faymonville presented the perfect harmony between theory and practice to the numerous interested parties who visited this year’s “Demo Days”. 

New technical items from the product range as well as topics from the heavy haulage industry were presented in a compact and informative form in technical workshops on 11 and 12 June. Numerous guests from 25 countries listened to these expertly delivered lectures on both days.

Many exhibited trailers – high technology ensures quality 

In addition, a large number of exhibits were on show at the company’s site in Büllingen. On guided tours of the company, everyone could see for themselves that a state-of-the-art infrastructure and production technology ensures top quality at Faymonville.

CombiMAX and its principle of combinability 

The main attractions at this year’s “Demo Days” were the CombiMAX and the PrefaMAX. Faymonville, as is well known, has completely caught the spirit of the age with the CombiMAX concept: modularity, flexibility, speed and efficiency – this revolutionary, prizewinning concept combines all of these advantages. As is also well known, it permits the user to assemble the semi-trailer to suit the requirements of the transport task. Continue reading “Faymonville Demo-days” »

Another “in Company” Seminar at Allseas in Delft

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Jul 012015


Back in 2009, the first Heavy Transport & Lifting Seminar was presented to a group of 32 Allseas Engineers

Last month, sporead over 3 days an extended Seminar Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore” was preneted tgo a group of around 20 engineers

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Four Day Extensive Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore Installation techniques” completed in Singapore

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Jun 062015

P1100813June 2-5 2015, 

From the 2nd to the 5th of June 2015,  Richard Krabbendam, the well know Heavy Lift Specialist completed his 4 day Masterclass for a group of 18 participants from Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in the Royal Plaza Hotel in Singapore.

These extensive Seminars/Masterclasses give the participants enough time to ask questions related to the fascinating industry of moving and lifting Heavy objects Safely. At the last day of the Seminar, an evaluation test was performed and depending of the score the participants received a Certifcate.

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The Last Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” prior to the Breakbulk Show and Conference in Antwerp

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May 202015

P1100799On the 18th & 19th of May 2015, Richard Krabbendam presented his last Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” for Breakbulk USA. Since 2012, a total of 15 Seminars/Masterclasses were presented, starting in Mumbai (2x), Capetown (1x), Johannesburg (2x), Sao Paulo (1x), Houston(1x), New Orleans(1x), Istanbul (2x), Antwerp (3x) and Shanghai (2x).

This group consisted of 30 delegates from, Egypt, Turkmenistan, Korea, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, Germany, France, Dubai, Nigeria, UK and the USA.

Richard’s next Seminar will be held in Singapore from 2-5 June 2015 and is an extensive 4 Day Seminar and will also include a Chapter “Offshore Lifting & Installation Techniques”. In case of interest and more details check it out REGISTRATION and contact mrs. Melanie Seah: e-mail: melanie.seah@petrogasasia.com

As appreciation of the series of Seminars/Masterclasses for Breakbulk , Richard Received a Certificate of Appreciation.

The Seminar was received very well with some positive feedback as shown below in the evaluation forms below. Continue reading “The Last Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” prior to the Breakbulk Show and Conference in Antwerp” »

“In Company” Seminar/Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore” for van Oord in Rotterdam

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Apr 162015

During 5 evening sessions, starting on the 1st of April 2015, Richard Krabbendam presented the main Chapters of his well know Seminar Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting, Shipping & Offshore” to 25 Staff  of Dutch Civil & Offshore Contractor Van Oord.

There are still places available at his next Public Seminar prior to the Breakbulk Show and Conference in Antwerp on the 18th and 19th of May, 2015. Click HERE to for more information and possible Registration

On the last evening at the end of the course an evaluation test was done and all participants will receive a Certificate, depending on their test score.

See pictures below:


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Two Day Perth, WA, Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” completed

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Mar 252015

This week on the 23rd and 24th of March 2015, Richard Krabbendam presented his two day Seminar/Masterclass in Perth, WA. A group of 11 persons, attended the Seminar and more or less had a private class. See picture below:


The next Seminar/Masterclass with the identical program will be in Antwerp on the 18+19th of May 2015, prior to the Breakbulk Conference and Exhibition.  Check it out on http://www.heavyliftspecialist.com

It was a group from well known player in the field consisting of participants from Mammoet, Sarens, Worley Parsons, Jacobs Engineering, AAL Shipping, Joyce Crane rental, Fracht AG, Thyssen Krupp, and Westlink Freight Forwarders. See some testimonials below:


I found the course beneficial. I came out with more knowledge than when I went in which is great, and that’s a plus for the course!  The course was beneficial to Jacobs and our client’s needs.

Thanks and regards

Jamie Bradford  |  Jacobs  |  Transport & Logistics Manager

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Breakbulk Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” in Shanghai completed

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Mar 182015

P110072820 Delegates from 9 Countries participated in the Seminar/Masterclass

Below an impression of  the 20 Delegates, from 9 different countries, that participated in Richard Krabbendam’s famous Masterclass “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping”.

At the end of the 2 day Course, all delegates did a test and will get a Certificate, depending on their test score.

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2 Day Seminar “Heavy Transport, Lifting & Shipping” in Perth, WA

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Mar 042015

If you missed out on all the previous Seminars, this is your chance to learn the Basics of “How to Handle Heavy Lifts Safely”.

Testimonials from Previous Delegates

“Super presentation. Good exchange, very good overview of Heavy Transport & Lifting!”

“Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.  The feedback was excellent.  All the employees liked your way of presenting, and the practical examples you provided.”

“We can make use of your course in our day-to-day work. I think it is quite a task to organise the contents of the seminar such, that all participants can enjoy a sufficient level of usage.  We certainly recommend your services to colleagues or business-partners.”

“I love to learn, this learning in two days was great, lot of information, well delivered in a very limited time. Feel confident in practical application, Thank you!!”

“An excellent presentation. The technical content was simplified, easily understood and made practical for site applications.”


REGISTER now and join in on the 23rd and 24th of March 2015 in the 

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