Categories for EXPERTS

What’s the value of a specialist?

Aug 21 2015

Today in Dutch newspapers, Jan Pesie, the CEO and owner of the construction company who was responsible for the failed operation where two land cranes positioned on barges were supposed to install a bridge, acknowledge their mistakes and failure. In this project, a 187mt heavy bridge section was lifted by two hydraulic cranes, each positioned on a separate barge. During the operation, one of the cranes tipped over and dragged the whole combination down, falling on several houses. Jan Pesie...

Generalist, specialist or specialized in everything.

Apr 07 2015

In May 2015 the annual Breakbulk expo in Antwerp will take place. When strolling around, sometimes you see a sign which states that a certain company is the best one could ever wish for.  Specialized in heavy-lift, specialized in project cargo, specialized in offshore, specialized in oil & gas, specialized in road transport, etc. When you take a closer look at these companies and take effort to contact them for specific information, mostly they can’t provide it. Suddenly, the right...

Professional or substitute?

Jan 06 2015

Do you hire the Heavy-lift professional or his bulk experienced substitute? When sending people to the other end of the world for a supercargo or a survey job, the travelling costs are most of the time an issue for the client. Understandable. These days we have to look at every penny, dollar or euro in order to make some profit. Some clients start looking for locals abroad who can attend their load-outs and focus only on the expenses, instead of the quality...

Scared to take responsibility

Jun 05 2014

During load-outs, we meet many people. People from the office, owners, surveyors and supercargoes. All these people have different opinions and criticizing the people in charge. All natural things in common life. Among them we have cargo superintendents and surveyors who make it their living to check work done by other people. Some of them really do understand their job and find solutions in a very easy way. Why? Because they understand what they are doing, are getting along very...

Just cowboys…?

May 22 2014

Sometimes we meet people on board of ships who pretend to be the king of the world; they start shouting if things are different than their mindset and always trying to convince others of their expertise. Bragging about their many load-outs and the importance of their expertise is mostly dripping of their business cards.I want this, I want that… But why? Because they say so. When these people meet someone who really knows what he’s doing, they suddenly feel intimidated....

The Expert

Apr 29 2014

When looking at the comedy sketch of The Expert, I learned that many companies have the same issue; people talk about so many things like they know it all. However, when a decision needs to be made, they all look at the expert. But when he gives his comments, they look at him as if he’s from a different planet. When a project would be discussed by only experts instead of managers, the merely part of the problems would be solved...