Tower and Harbour Cranes (THC)

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The sub-group Tower and Harbour Cranes includes tower cranes, derrick cranes, floating cranes, site cranes, harbour and shipyard cranes, offshore cranes, container cranes, loading bays.



Regulatory activities
The current work items include:

  • Machinery Directive 20016/42/EC
  • Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC

Technical work
CEN/TC 147 WG P 2 and ISO/TC 96 SC 7

The Product Group keeps close liaison with CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, which is responsible for regulatory activities for the tower cranes industry.


Technical documents

See section Publications – Technical Guidance, subsection Heavy Lifting and Handling Equipment


Position papers & guidance

  • Guidelines for considering tower crane loads on supporting structures (2014): EN
  • Position paper – Lifetime of tower cranes (2013): EN
  • Position paper – Lifting of people with tower cranes (2013): EN
  • Guide for identification of non-compliant tower cranes (2011): AR, DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, RU



Bruno RONI-DAMOND, Manitowoc Cranes, President
Email: Bruno[dot]roni-damond[at]manitowoc[dot]com



Richard Cleveland, EVOLIS, Secretary
Tel: +33 1 47 17 63 22
Email: rcleveland[at]evolis[dot]org