O’Brien Specialist Crane Services provide professional engineering services, project management and consulting services to the maritime industry worldwide, specialising in container, bulk handling and general cargo equipment. Our approach to projects and our unrivalled experience with all crane types allows us to produce creative and practical solutions to unusual problems. Collaboration among our engineering contractors and with our clients ensures designs are functional, environmentally sound, and cost-effective.

Crane Procurement

With our unrivalled knowledge and experience within the maritime crane industry we can provide crane procurement assistance to port authorities, shipping lines, and terminal operators across the globe. Our services range from preparing specifications to complete assistance, including bid evaluation, design review, quality assurance audits, and fabrication services. We work with the prospective buyer to develop specific requirements tailored to the port’s needs. Our specifications include provisions for structural, mechanical, electrical, controls, automation, reliability, manufacturing, documentation, testing, and other requirements.

Modernisation & Refurbishment

O’Brien Specialist Crane Services in conjunction with our highly experienced industry partners has considerable experience in the refurbishment and modernisation of all cargo handling equipment.

The major benefits of modernisation & refurbishment include reduced costs and timescales compared to new equipment, client involvement in selection of drives, controls, motors and gearboxes in order to rationalise spare part stockholding and availability.

We design modifications for increasing the lift height, extending the outreach or backreach, increasing the capacity, and changing the rail gage.

Crane Repair

We are often called upon for consultations on damaged cranes. Our repair services include assessing the Crane damage, designing temporary securing, and designing repairs, reporting for insurers, producing reports for replacement costs and reviewing the repair work. Repair projects include damage caused by crane-to-crane and vessel-to-crane collisions, boom hoist failures, storm wind, earthquakes, and others. We are occasionally retained as an expert witness to assess crane accidents, evaluate repair estimates, and help resolve disputes.

Service & Maintenance

Planned and preventative maintenance programmes can at times be difficult for customers to achieve due to insufficient resource availability caused by sudden increases in workload and the need to prioritise reactive maintenance tasks. O’Brien Specialist Crane Services offer complete maintenance and support packages, utilising highly trained and experienced personnel. This service is backed up by complete technical and engineering support and is designed to supplement the client’s existing engineering capability.

We have experience in an extensive range of additional services, including;

Expert Witness
Engineering Consultancy
Structural Design
Structural Surveys
Civil Engineering Design
Site Inspection
Routine Inspection
Project Management
Major Repair Solutions
Equipment Modifications
Equipment Acquisition
Installation / Dismantling
Spare Parts Sourcing
Site Supervision

We offer a crane engineering consultancy service to ports, materials handling and shipping industries around the world. We have built a reputation based on our knowledge and understanding gained through many decades of hands-on experience in this specialised industry.

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At O’Brien Specialist Crane Services we pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering project in the safest and most efficient way possible whilst ensuring total client satisfaction throughout. It’s the trust of our clients that has brought us to where we are today. Our case studies of selected previous projects illustrate our commitment to excellence.

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