Heavy lift vessels

On heavy lift ships, do ABs operate the cranes. If so, how are they trained?

Depends on the company and type of heavylift vessel. Derrick Barges “NO” ships maybe going from one company to the next. From my experience I’ve seen a lot of OJT training and months of shadowing a crane op before you get your hands on the sticks.

Jumbo Shipping is applying modern technology to a task that take a lot of time and effort to acomplic; marking up the deck for cribbing and lashing points:
https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/jumbo-innovates-the-maritime-industry-billy-jean-style/
Sometime mistakes can be very costly as well, as I have experienced a few times.

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Boskalis (former Dockwise) hunker in more contracts for their heavy lift ships: