Hand Signals for Offshore Cranes

Moxie Media 14 minutes

The deck of an offshore installation or vessel can be a busy place, and operating cranes in this environment requires clear communication among all personnel. This is why hand signals are the most common means of communication between a crane operator, rigger, and deckhand. Hand signals (when used correctly) can be universally understood, unlike radio systems that can be subject to interference or mechanical issues. Ultimately, they can help to make operations safer and more productive.

This program provides learners with an in-depth explanation of the hand signals, as defined in the API RP 2D Standard.
Topics Include:
The Importance of Hand Signals.
Crew Positioning.
Standard API Signals.

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Moxie Media

For over 36 years, Moxie Media has been providing training, safety, and software resources to the Maritime community to help mariners stay in compliance with regulatory and customer requirements. Moxie offers a library of hundreds of maritime-specific eLearning programs that can be delivered with Seably’s best-in-class shipboard Learning Management System (LMS).


Moxie Media is a leader in developing training programs for the maritime industry to meet safety, health, security, maintenance, and regulatory compliance mandates such as Sub M, USCG, and IMO. Moxie delivers online, mobile, and offline capabilities to provide access to key learning materials, letting crew members train at their convenience while assuring operators, auditors, and surveyors that crewmembers are up-to-date with the latest compliance guidelines and regulatory standards.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 14 minutes
  5. Intended for: For all workers in the offshore industry.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of API RP 2D standards for oilfield workers.