Dockside Crane Operator Training Course

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Dockside Crane Operator - 5 Day Novice/ 3 Day Refresher

To teach operators to safely operate a Dockside Crane

On completion of the course the operators will know:

Their duties under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

The machine identification, terminology and daily maintenance

The safety aspects relating to the usage of this type of crane

The safe methods of slinging course content

Statutory Requirements:

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Section 2: General duties of Employers
  • Section 7& 8: General duties of Employees
  • Powers of the Inspectorate
  • The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations1998 (an overview)
  • The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (an overview)
  • British Standards 7121 Part 1: safe Use of Cranes

Safe Systems of Work:

  • Communication – Signalling code between Hatchway man and Crane Operator
  • Basic ship construction – layout of quays and docks
  • Safe load indicators and warning devices
  • Types of cranes and their characteristics
  • Fault reporting procedures
  • Accident reporting procedures – Personal
  • Equipment – Cargoes

Introduction of Slinging

  • Wire rope – chain & cordage
  • Basic sling inspection
  • Sling angles
  • Ancillary equipment – shackles – lifting beams
  • Unsafe practices – snatching – dragging etc.
  • Centre of Gravity
  • Estimation of weight

Introduction of Dockside Crane:

  • Identification of crane & terminology
  • Controls & warning devices
  • Daily maintenance
  • Pre-start checks
  • Starting up procedure
  • Close down procedure

Practical crane Operation: No Load turning:

  • Safe access to crane cab
  • Start up procedure
  • Use of controls: Hoists – lower – slew –luff – brakes
  • Limit switches
  • Use of radius indicator
  • Positioning of crane in relationship to ship and mode of discharge or loading

Practical crane operation: Load situation

  • Initially using test weights and all functions of the crane
  • Cargo handling using Hatchway man
  • Practical sessions will comprise of loading, discharging, receiving, forwarding all types of cargo (light, heavy, long lengths).

Closing Down:

  • Parking of crane safely
  • Isolation of crane power supply
  • Safe egress from crane

Who Will Benefit

The employees who will need to operate the Dockside Crane


The driver should be medically fit and a minimum age of 18 years old.

PPE Required

High Vis Jacket/ Vest, Hard Hat and site specific PPE

Should you wish to attend the dockside crane operator training course please get in touch with one of Lloyds British Internationals expert team members by using the contact form below. Lloyds British International offer the following dockside operator training in Ghana, Uganda, Kuwait and Bahrain.

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