The European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes – ESTA – has lined up four expert speakers for its upcoming meeting in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Twice a year, ESTA holds meetings of its crane and transport section members, along with a joint meeting for issues that are of significance to both.

For the upcoming meeting on April 20, Mammoet operations director Ludo Mous will address the transport section on the initiative to develop a European Trailer Operator Licence (ETOL) for SPMT operators, using the experience and structures developed by ESTA in its work on the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL).

Helmut Schgeiner, ceo of German heavy transport and crane association BSK, will also address the transport section with updates on the latest permitting issues with the VEMAGS system and Autobahn in Germany.

In the crane section, Bas van Gruijthuijsen, technical general manager for Dutch certification and inspection organisation Aboma, will speak about the implications of the new European Machinery Regulation for the crane industry.

HLPFI readers will recall that last year, the draft of the new European Machinery Regulations included a clause concerning the design of mobile machinery – for instance cranes or other access equipment – that crane manufacturers and industry experts descried as “absurd and unworkable”.

At the joint meeting, sustainable fuel expert Robert Goevaers – programme manager for Hytrucks and co-chair of the European Biogas Association – will speak about the future of hydrogen in road transport applications.

The meetings will take place in afternoon before the ESTA Awards at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin.