Offshore Crane Operator Stage 2 , Opito



Lifting and hoisting operations are one of the major causes of fatalities and serious incidents in global Exploration and Production (E&P) activities. Every type of lift has a set of risks that need to be managed if the lift is to be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner.

Despite the vast number of regulations, standards and guidelines that apply to lifting, incidents continue to occur.


In this training we provide the vital function of the crane in securing a smooth, safe and efficient operation at the demanding workplaces both onshore and offshore environment.


Stage 2 training should follow as soon as is practicable after Stage 1 training. This training aims to give the Trainee Crane Operator hands-on training in the offshore crane that he will be expected to operate.



On successful completion of this training program, the delegates:

  • Will be able to identify and explain key elements of relevant legislation.
  • Will be aware of the different types of offshore cranes.
  • Will gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the offshore crane operator and safety implications attached to that role.
  • Will gain an understanding of the main crane controls, operational safety systems, emergency safety systems, working limitations.
  • Will gain an understanding of hazards associated with offshore crane operations and safe working practices of an offshore crane operator.
  • Will gain an understanding of typical first-line maintenance and inspection requirements for an offshore crane.
  • Will have practiced and demonstrated operating a crane following a lifting plan for a range of lifts with a variety of loads.
  • Will be able to respond appropriately to typical offshore crane malfunctions.


Who Should Attend

This training program has been designed for personnel who have successfully completed the Offshore Crane Operator Stage 1 Introductory Training and wish to progress to the next stage.


Training Methodology

This 5 days training program is a workshop-based with large capacity of training aid materials and practical sessions; providing meaningful experience for delegates. The session includes formal presentation, prepared in the Power Point, interspersed with directed discussion and case studies and relevant videos.



  1. Legislation/ACOP/Guidance Notes/Standards
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • S.I. 2307 Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Other supporting legislation and Standards


  1. Crane (General)
  • Cranes types and differences
  • Principles of stability
  • Simple mechanics applicable to cranes
  • Converted cranes
  • Purpose built pedestal cranes
  • Transmission systems
  • Control systems
  • Speed and power limitations
  • Safety devices


  1. Safe Load Indicators/Rated Capacity Indicators
  • Weighload / Wylie
  • Ekco
  • Pat
  • Others


  1. Crane Operation
  • Pre-start checks
  • Pre-operational checks
  • Checks during operation 
  • Emergency procedures
  • Practical problems


  1. Wire Ropes
  • Construction and specification
  • Wear and deterioration, maintenance
  • Inspection and tests


  1. Safe Working Loads/Working Load Limits
  • Capacity charts
  • Static loads
  • Dynamic conditions
  • Shock loads
  • Wind speeds and pressures
  • Factors affecting lifting capacity


  1. Service and Support Vessels
  • Sea-states and weather conditions
  • “Snatch” lifting
  • Basic terminology


  1. Lifting Equipment and Typical Loads
  • Safe use of slings, shackles, cargo nets, personnel baskets
  • Weight estimation and conversion


  1. Maintenance General/First Line
  • Principles
  • Operator knowledge
  • Logs and records


  • Pre-operational checks
  • Operational/function tests
  • System checks
  • Shutdown procedures
  • Load movement
  • Height and distance judgment
  • Simultaneous multi-function control
  • Use of personnel baskets
  • Deployment and recovery of bulk hoses