World Crane Championship 2016

HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES? THEN EUR 25 000 IS YOURS!

2015 Johnny Jensen from Denmark had the skilles needed. He was the WCC 2015’s champion at the impressive winning time of 2:18:49, beating Hiabs own mystery driver Eric with 9 seconds! He won the grand prize of 25 000 EUR and of course the honor of being the first World Champion in crane driving.

This is your chance to participate in a world wide competition and take a shot at winning honor and glory and 25 000 EUR. Sign up to get news on where the next qualification round will be arranged!

Events & Finalists
WCC 2016
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WCC 2015
Press & Contacts

QUALIFICATIONS & FINALISTS

Now the countdown has started for the big World Crane Championship 2016. Check out this page for all information about the dates and how to register for the qualification rounds in each country. We are running the qualification tour from mid-January up until the finals at IAA in September 2016. The winners from each country will be presented on this page so make sure to visit us regularly for the latest information.  

AUSTRALIA


FINALIST
Robert Zamprogno
Rega Construction
Winning time: 02.48 minutes
 

FRANCE


FINALIST
Alexis MIRANDA 
TRANSPORTS MIRANDE
Winning time: 02.57 minutes

THE NETHERLANDS


FINALIST
Guido Beaujean 
H.J Beaujean B.V.
Winning time: 2.42 minutes
 
 

POLAND


FINALIST
Piotr Strożek
PHU Amikus
Winning time: 04.38 minutes
 

AUSTRIA


FINALIST
Stefan Huber 
HUBER TRANSPORTE
Winning time: 03.08 minutes
 

FINLAND


FINALIST
Jukka Suttinen
JE-Trans Oy
Winning time: 02.42 minutes

NORWAY


FINALIST
Christoffer Carlsen
Veikran AS
Winning time: 02.13 minutes

 

UNITED KINGDOM


FINALIST
TREVOR TACK
Agetur UK Ltd
Winning time: 04:25 minutes
 

BELGIUM


FINALIST
Jozef Verkercke
JOVETRANS
Winning time: 04.00 minutes
 

GERMANY


Martin Utpatel
Rolf Hachenberg Spedition
Winning time: 01.44 minutes
(Special/Short track) 

SWEDEN


FINALIST
Andreas Öhman
Gansta Åkeri AB
Winning time: 03.16 minutes

 

SLOVENIA


FINALIST
ANDREJ SKODNIK 
MEGRAS D.O.O.
Winning time: 03:34 minutes
 

DENMARK


FINALIST
Tim Hansen
TIM S. HANSEN APS
Winning time: 01.36 minutes
 

ITALY


FINALIST
Mr. Virgili
VIRGILI S.N.C.
Winning time: 05.11 minutes

SPAIN


FINALIST
Carles Amils Xampro
ARENES I GRAVES CASTELLOT S.A.
Winning time: 04.00 minutes
 

NEW ZEALAND


FINALIST
Jamie Coles
Stark Bros Ltd.
Winning time: 03:52 minutes
 

Sign up for WCC 2016!

Next WCC finals will be in Germany at IAA 2016.
Sign up if you are interested in information on
local qualification rounds during 2016!

WORLD CRANE CHAMPIONSHIP


The World Crane Championship 2016 will separate the true pros from the amateurs. Challenge crane drivers from countries around the world in a competition where the winner receives EUR 25,000. All crane drivers are welcome to enter. Sign up to our news letter and get information and news of where and when the next qualification rounds will run and sign up to compete!

Qualifying rounds begin during 2016, qualifying competitions will be held in countries around the world. Stay tuned on this site to get information on when and where the next qualification round is. The winner from each country immediately qualifies to enter the final at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover 22nd - 29th of September 2016.

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Next WCC finals will be in Germany at IAA 2016.
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PRACTICE:

Because the will to win is nowhere near as important as the will to prepare for victory, we want to provide you with the best means to practice. We think almost every crane driver will have access to the various arts of the course. You will need 12 EUR pallets, 10 x 25-litre drums, a height obstacle 3 metres tall, a 200-litre barrel, and a 15-litre drum as the load. Add a tape measure and you’re ready to set up your course.
You’ll find all the information you need to set up your own practice course.

PRIZES:

First Prize in the World Crane Championship is a cheque worth EUR 20,000 for use when purchasing a Hiab crane.
In addition, the victor will receive a traveller’s cheque worth EUR 5,000.

Second prize:
Traveller’s cheque worth EUR 3,000.

Third prize:
Traveller’s cheque worth EUR 2,000.

Winners pay any applicable taxes.

THE CHALLENGE IS ON!

Hiab presents for the second time the World Crane Championship, the ultimate test of precision, accuracy and nerves of steel. The competition is being held in recognition of the highly skilled crane operators from around the world who perform demanding jobs
daily. Whoever is crowned World Crane Champion will walk away with a €5,000 travel
cheque and €20,000 towards the purchase of a new Hiab crane.

THE RULES


Timekeeping begins with the crane properly parked. With a load suspended from the hook, you must proceed past a number of drums, pass under a height limit and lower the load into a barrel. Next you topple a number of drums around the course with the load, while other drums may absolutely not be touched at all. The clock stops when the crane is once again parked, and the indicator lamp lights up, showing that it is properly parked.
 

THE TRACK


Because the will to win is nowhere near as important as the will to prepare for victory, we want to provide you with the best means to practice. We think almost every crane driver will have access to the various parts of the course. You will need 12 EUR pallets, 10 x 25-litre drums, a height obstacle 3 meters tall, a 200-litre barrel, and a 15-litre drum as the load. Add a tape measure and you’re ready to set up your course.
 

 

The WCC truck and crane specification

Contestants will set their time using a HIAB X-HiPro 192 crane, one of the most advanced cranes in the world; equipped with the renowned HiPro steering system including an optimized hydraulic system giving it unrivalled precision and an outstanding load cycle speed. It has a lifting capacity of 19 tonne meter and a maximum outreach of 17,4 meters.

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Next WCC finals will be in Germany at IAA 2016.
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For the first time ever a World Crane Champion ship was held at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K. 2015. There were participants from 12 countries competing for honour and glory and displaying fantastic skills as they did their best to win the grand prize of 25 000 EUR.

During a series of local qualification rounds held in different countries around the world during 2014, the finalists won their right to the finals in Birmingham. Crane drivers from around the world got together during two fantastic days of celebrating crane driving, doing what they enjoy the most; drive cranes!

The winner was Johnny Jensen from Denmark at the impressive time 02:18:49. With a HIAB X-HIPRO 192 he manoeuvred the crane swiftly and precisely though a series of obstacles and won thanks to brilliant skills and nerves of steel.
"I am absolutely thrilled and happy to win this prestigious competition and delighted about my time," said Mr Jensen. "The atmosphere was so fantastic today!"

Carl Gustaf Göransson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Markets at Hiab, said: "The enthusiasm for the World Crane Championships has been tremendous, with people flying in from all over world, and a staggering amount of interest from the media and spectators. There is no better way to show off our fantastic HIAB cranes than with the world's best crane drivers."

"The success of this event means that we are committed to doing this annually, and I am pleased to announce that the 2016 World Crane Championships will be staged in Germany at the IAA Exhibition. So I would like to say to all the skilled crane drivers around the world: we look forward to seeing you next year, in our search for the Hiab World Crane Champion 2016."

Winning time: 02.18.49

Johnny Jensen has been a crane operator for 21 years, and works for Benny Rasmussen and Son. Jensen has previously won a Hiab competition where he was the quickest to move dummy ducks into a pond using his crane. Johnny said: “It’s been incredibly fun to participate, and it would be my great honour and pride to win the WCC. I will do everything I can to take victory home to Denmark.”

Winning time: 02.30.79

Tobias Bergström qualified in as a crane operator in 2009 and started his own company, Tobbes Kranbilar, which operates within construction and civil engineering. Tobias is confident of his chances, having experience operating the majority of truck mounted loading equipment. “It would be such an honour for me and my company, if I were to win the World Crane Championship.”

Winning time: 02.37.92

Martin Utpatel won the regional qualifying round in Germany, said: “The best kind of
preparation for me is my daily work with my Hiab crane at Rolf Hachenberg Spedition. To win the WCC would crown my 20 years work with cranes in this performance class. This is a very prestigious title and I aim to do my very best.”

Sign up for WCC 2016!

Next WCC finals will be in Germany at IAA 2016.
Sign up if you are interested in information on
local qualification rounds during 2016!

If you have any problems or enquiries, please feel free to contact us:

Lotta Clausen
Vice President Communication Hiab,
Hiab AB

+46705535138
lotta.clausen@hiab.com

Hanna-Kaisa Talvensaari
Senior Communications Manager
Press contacts

+358 40 7581572
hanna-kaisa.talvensaari
@hiab.com

Jennie Rosengren
Event Manager 
 
+46 (0)70 655 27 66
jennie.rosengren@hiab.com

Lotta Sjöberg
Marketing Manager, HIAB loader cranes
 
+46 70 757 75 72
lotta.sjoberg@hiab.com

Sign up for WCC 2016!

Next WCC finals will be in Germany at IAA 2016.
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local qualification rounds during 2016!