Abnormal Load Transport
Williams Shipping are abnormal load specialists.
When it comes to moving abnormal loads, no two jobs are identical. Handling and efficiently moving loads that are high, wide, long or heavy requires specialist equipment, knowledge of the rules and regulations, superior driving and lashing skills, and precise project management.
We have handled thousands of difficult and abnormal loads throughout the UK and Europe. Our clients come from a wide range of industries including construction, civil engineering, oil & gas, renewable energy, defence and the marine sector.
Our extensive fleet of trucks and trailers allow us the flexibility to handle a wide range of out-of-gauge loads. All trucks are driven by our team of highly trained and experienced drivers.
Contact our team and we would be happy to discuss our solutions.
We operate a modern fleet of vehicles plated up to STGO Cat 2 (80 tonnes gross) and an extensive fleet of specialist trailers, including:
- Extendible all-steer flat trailers
- Semi-low and low loaders
- Plant trailers
For full details, please visit our fleet page.
At our largest site in Southampton, we have heavy lifting equipment suitable for loading and unloading of heavy or oversized items. We also have open storage and warehousing facilities which can be used to assemble equipment or consolidate shipments before transportation.
Highly trained personnel
We pride ourselves on the expertise and experience of our entire team. Right from the planners in the office to the drivers on the road. As well as holding the qualifications for haulage, our drivers are trained in to the highest standards in the industry including:
- ADR – the licence to carry dangerous goods
- Aviation Secure – working within airport secure bases
- Slinger Signaller – working with cranes to load and offload
- SAFED – an advanced safety and efficiency driving course
Permits and planning
A significant part of abnormal load haulage is detailed preparation. We conduct route surveys to ensure that the route is feasible and to identify which permits are needed. All permits and permissions required are handled by our team; including organising private escorts and police escorts where necessary. we regularly provide end-to-end project management so we can also organise any other related services that you might need.
To discuss your abnormal load requirements, contact the transport team on [email protected].
What constitutes an abnormal load?
Abnormal loads which require additional permits or planning are those in which:
- The length exceeds 18.75m or
- The width exceeds 2.90m or
- The weight exceeds 44tonne
- There is no hard and fast rule regarding height, but as the minimum height of an unmarked bridge is 5.0m, a good rule of thumb is that loads should not exceed an all up height of 4.9m.
Depending on what the load is and how much it exceeds these guides, your abnormal load movement may require some or all of the following:
- Specialist trailer / truck
- Highways England permits such as VR1 or BE16
- Notification of local authorities and/or bridge authorities
- 2nd man or private escort
- Police escort
The Williams Shipping transport team assesses each project individually to evaluate its requirements as well as organising all required permits and escorts for each load.