The recently developed Unified Offshore Standardization JIP – Specification for Offshore Pedestal-Mounted Cranes1 (Crane Specification) is a harmonized specification that is intended to be used by the maritime and offshore industries worldwide. This specification defines the minimum requirements for the design, fabrication, inspection, testing, installation and commissioning of offshore cranes. The potential users of this specification include vessel owners, operators, regulatory bodies, crane manufacturers, shipyards, as well as engineering companies. The potential benefits of this specification include improved safety, reduced costs and increased efficiencies due to the use of standardized requirements for offshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. The development effort for this specification was undertaken by members of the Unified Offshore Equipment Joint Industry Project (UE-JIP) Working Group, including oil majors, operators, shipyards, research and development organizations, engineering companies, and classification societies. This paper examines the development of the Unified Offshore Standardization JIP – Specification for Offshore Pedestal-Mounted Cranes1, and provides further insight into how and why this specification was developed, what aspects are and are not addressed by this specification, as well as how this specification could be used for the benefit of the maritime and offshore industry. This paper also examines some of the latest developments in the offshore crane industry that are addressed by this specification, including subsea lifting and motion compensation systems.

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