What Is A Marine Knuckle Boom Crane?
A marine knuckle boom crane is a particular type of crane equipped with a hinged boom.
They are instantly recognisable because they look like a knuckle, as their name suggests.
And because the boom has three hinges, it can resemble a beckoning finger when being operated.
They are considered a versatile solution for handling equipment and cargo onboard vessels.
What Are The Benefits of Marine Knuckle Boom Cranes?
There are many advantages to marine knuckle boom cranes.
Because of their unique articulating design, they can manoeuvre heavy objects in small spaces, which is ideal for boat decks where the room is limited.
The multiple hinges allow trained operators to maintain a high level of control over materials. This should hopefully result in more accurate placement and fewer accidents.
Their strong structure and reliable operation make them ideal for demanding work environments. In addition to being lightweight and durable, a marine knuckle-boom crane can be connected to the ship’s electrical system or used as a stand-alone power supply.
One disadvantage of the marine knuckle boom crane is its limited lifting capacity compared to traditional straight-boom cranes. They are designed to hoist smaller loads and therefore don’t offer the same power as a standard crane.
And because there are more moving parts, this can lead to increased maintenance and repairs compared to other types of cranes.
Marine Knuckle Boom Crane Certification
Like any industrial tool requiring human operation, training is necessary to ensure that marine knuckle boom cranes can be operated safely and effectively.
At Sussex Transport, we offer concise training courses with NPORS or Sussex Transport | Training Division accreditation.
It is ideal for candidates wishing to operate various sizes of Marine Knuckle Boom Cranes, using different types of attachments and remote controls on a waterborne vessel.
Find out more about our marine knuckle boom crane training.