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Future Heavy Lift Crane Operator

Do you have what it takes to operate world’s largest offshore cranes?

Future Heavy Lift Crane Operator
HFP Deck Crew

HFP Deck Crew



Vocational Education

Vocational Education



A unique maritime adventure

At Heerema Marine Contractors, we do something new every day. We operate the world’s largest crane vessels and with them we transport, install and remove offshore structures for the offshore energy markets. Our projects range from installing wind turbines, removing retired offshore oil and gas platforms and installing platforms up to 50,000 metric tons. By joining us, you will play an important part in our unique maritime adventure.

Your role in the story

Before you can start working on the biggest offshore cranes we want you to familiarize yourself with crane operations offshore, safety, people, our equipment and our crawler cranes on the deck of our vessels as Future Heavy Lift Crane Operator. You will find Meada LC785-M telescopic cranes and the mighty 300 ton Sennebogen 7700 on board our vessels.

As Future Heavy Lift Crane Operator you are charged with the mechanical operation of the crawler cranes, following instructions from a dedicated person on deck and monitoring the instruments in the operator's cabin. Next to this you check and report regularly the mechanical functioning of the crane and machinery. 

Your other tasks are:

  • To understand and strictly observe the emergency stop signs, radio and hand signals;
  • To daily check for and report any defect or malfunction (such as splits in construction, corrosion and splits in paint, wires etc.) of the crane and its equipment;
  • To monitor before lifting those lifts are properly hooked on and conditions are safe (e.g. no potential dropped objects);
  • To verify proper functioning of machinery and equipment and rectify if necessary;
  • To keep crane equipment (including reels) and cabins orderly and tidy;
  • To validate proper choice of rigging and monitor position of hook related to the objects to be hoisted and rectify if necessary;
  • To attend the general toolbox meeting at start of shift (work permit);
  • To ensure a proper shift and job handover.

Who will you work with?

In this position you will work closely with professional and experienced colleagues on deck, on the bridge and in the engine room.

Is this the job for you?

Our desired candidate has an intermediate vocational education and a minimum of 3 years' mobile or crawler crane (300t+) experience and holds a TCVT 4.01 or equivalent mobile crane certificate. Excellent in English, both written and spoken, are essential for this position.

Here is what it takes to be a real Heerema colleague

  • Learning mindset, which means being open to feedback, curious, and eager to learn;
  • Personal leadership which means you are an entrepreneur at heart, have the mindset of a founder and take control of your own work and development.

Working at Heerema Marine Contractors

Making the impossible possible offshore, this is what drives us at Heerema! To execute our offshore projects we must innovate, engineer and develop to find solutions for our clients’ challenges. We are passionate about sustainability and are guided by our Sustainability Roadmap to reduce our impact on the planet. Working with Heerema means working in an international, informal, and friendly environment where you will meet likeminded and passionate colleagues.

Here's why people love working with us
  • International environment and challenging projects;
  • Extensive onboarding process and oceans of opportunities to develop;
  • Development program to allow your talents to flourish;
  • Excellent perks and benefits, including an offshore allowance, interesting bonus structure and excellent pension and insurance;
  • Nice cabin spaces, fitness facilities, excellent catering and other recreational activities on board;
  • High focus on safety and sustainability. 

Heerema has a 5 weeks on / 5 weeks off working schedule but this may fluctuate due to the nature of our activities. 

Is this your dream job? Put in your application now!

We are looking forward to hearing from you. We are interested in your CV, but we mainly want to find out more about your ambitions, your personality, and what is your motivation to succeed. So be sure to include a brief cover letter explaining why you are the perfect fit for this position.

So hit the button, apply, and make the impossible possible with Heerema. We’d love to meet you!

The application process

The application process will consist of two interviews and contract negotiations. At the end of the process, we will cordially welcome you aboard.

Ready to join our team?

Richard Buskens
Richard Buskens


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If you feel that you can help us make the impossible possible, you are welcome to send us an open application.

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