• Operations
  • Offshore , Offshore
  • Vocational Education
  • Professional

About the Job

As Heavy Lift Crane Operator you operate the cranes of the largest crane vessels in the world. The cranes on our vessels have a lifting capacity ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 ton.

You are charged with the mechanical operation of the crane, 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 adhere to safe working practices at all times and ensure avoidance of hoisting over people, live pipelines and critical equipment such as Remote Operating Vehicles;
  • 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 that lifts are properly hooked on and conditions are safe (e.g. no potential dropped objects);
  • To assist in crane maintenance as instructed by the Assistant Chief Engineer Vessel and or Chief Electrician;
  • To verify proper functioning of machinery and equipment and rectify if necessary;
  • To assist with reeving activities;
  • 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 talk at start of shift (work permitting);
  • To ensure a proper shift and job handover.


  • A Intermediate vocational (technical) education (MTS /MBO;
  • TCVT 4.01 certificate or offshore stage 2/3;
  • A minimum of5 years relevant experience on offshore cranes (>2000mt) floating;
  • Very good command of the English language;
  • A technical background;
  • A flexible attitude.

Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated

What we offer

  • Modern and competitive package of employment benefits;
  • Excellent secondary labor conditions, such as a bonus scheme, a pension scheme and various insurances;
  • Challenging, substantive, varied work activities and the possibilities for personal development;
  • Opportunities to develop your own initiatives and to work independently within a team of committed colleagues.
  • Schedule: 5 Weeks on / 5 weeks off **

  **This may fluctuate due to the nature of our activities.

For this vacancy Heerema Marine Contractors does not accept unsolicited CV's or applications from agencies.


If you feel that you can add to the performance of Heerema Marine Contractors, you are welcome to upload your resume and your motivation letter or to sign up for our Job Alert. 

Working at Heerema Marine Contractors

Heerema Marine Contractors has built itself a solid global reputation in the offshore industry. Originally for the transportation and installation of fixed oil and gas platforms, standing on the seabed. And for the removal of old platforms at the end of their working life. We are helping the industry to push back its own boundaries. By enabling it to operate further and further from the coast, for example, and in ever deeper water. Heerema owns the largest crane vessels in the world: Sleipnir, Thialf, Balder and Aegir. In addition, the Heerema fleet has a range of equipment, such as tugs, barges, offshore lifting and pile-driving equipment.  

Opening up opportunities at these extremes, where conditions are often very difficult, has required an exponential increase in the scale and complexity of the necessary infrastructure. This means that you will face new and even greater challenges, demanding your ingenious solutions and contractor mentality.