Crane Operator

Crane Operators work as part of the offshore logistics team and are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of pedestal cranes mainly offshore but also onshore in yards, marine bases, etc. A primary responsibility is for ensuring all aspects of health and safety compliance and reporting are met.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Competently and safely operates cranes under the direction of platform/vessel personnel in in accordance with prevailing weather conditions
  • Operates cranes within the maximum permitted rating and in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and operating procedures at all times
  • Forms part of the Emergency Response Team
  • Carries out daily routine checks on the crane in accordance with the maintenance procedures and pre-start check list
  • Maintains cranes in a clean, tidy and watertight condition and ensure external and internal paintwork is corrosion free at all times
  • Instructs and assists maintenance personnel in crane maintenance and repair activities as required
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to installation supervision / management
  • Carries out Banksman-slinger duties, ensuring safety in crane, rigging and slinging operations, as required
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Crane Operators play a key role in supporting the logistics associated with offshore production installations. The movement of equipment, materials and supplies offshore and onshore is essential to ensuring operations are maintained and that equipment and supplies are delivered to offshore installations safely and in a timely manner. Crane operators are primarily employed by specialist crane operating companies, but may also be employed by Engineering Contractors and Drilling Contractors. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Previous experience usually gained in deck/marine/harbour operations
  • Good understanding of regulations and procedures associated with lifting operations
  • Stage 2 Crane Operator qualified
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

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