The continued growth of the container handling industry and the desire to increase productivity puts added pressures on crane manufacturers to produce bigger, faster, more complex cranes, whilst trying to minimize the impact of such features upon cost and weight. These opposing strains in our view significantly increase the risks associated with design and manufacture. These risks can be mitigated through effective Third Party Inspection (TPI). Effectiveness can be achieved through good co-operation with the manufacturer, and producing effective solutions in a timely manner. In parallel, the TPI Contractor should verify the design, systems, and manufacturing processes from start to finish ensuring compliance to specification, and fitness for purpose. Additionally, the speed and subsequent depth witnessed in the current economic slowdown has clearly presented the port industry with a wholly different range of decisions to ponder whilst formulating capital expenditure budgets for 2010, and perhaps beyond. There has, as a result, been a marked shift from the purchase of new capital-intensive items such as cranes to meet growing volumes and replace aging equipment, by projects more akin with conserving cash. This predicament has opened peoples’ eyes and minds to seriously consider schemes to extract another five-ten years of use from Ship-to-Shore cranes that in more prosperous times would have been parked at the end of the quay, or even demolished. As a result, WCS has successfully undertaken several upgrade projects, applying innovative and cost-effective solutions to extend the useful lifetime of major assets in business units around the globe. These are all challenges, and are part of daily life at WCS. The reward comes when the cranes go into service, on time, and within specification.