• Operations
  • Offshore , Offshore
  • Vocational Education
  • Starter

About the Job

The Future Heavy Lift Crane Operator position is the first necessary step towards operating the biggest offshore cranes in the world as Heavy Lift Crane Operator. The heavy lift cranes on our vessels have a lifting capacity ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 ton. 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 that 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.


  • A Intermediate vocational education (MTS /MBO);
  • A TCVT 4.01 or equivalent Mobile Cranes certificate;
  • A minimum of 3 years mobile or crawler cranes (300t+) experience;
  • A technical background;
  • Very good command of the English language;
  • A flexible attitude.

What we offer

  • A challenging job on board our state-of-the-art installation vessels: Thialf, Balder, Aegir or Sleipnir;
  • Excellent secondary labour conditions, such as a net wage system, a variable bonus scheme, an offshore allowance, a pension scheme and various insurances;
  • Opportunities to develop your own initiatives and to work independently within a team of committed colleagues;
  • Ample opportunities for personal development through learning-on-the-job, training sessions and courses, with opportunities for promotion to Heavy Lift Crane Operator;
  • An attractive 5 Weeks on / 5 week off rotation schedule. This may fluctuate due to the nature of our activities.

Please note that applications with no motivation letter will not be taken into account.

For this vacancy Heerema Marine Contractors does not accept unsolicited CVs 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.