Abnormal Loads

At Hemisphere, we thrive on the challenges of transporting abnormal or oversized loads. Whether we are moving transformers, luxury yachts, or cranes, our projects team have extensive experience in moving cargo of all shapes and sizes.

As your project partner, we plan the best route and use the right method to ensure a smooth delivery. We are on-hand throughout the project to keep our customers up to date and to answer any questions.

What is an abnormal load?

Any piece of cargo that is too heavy, large or cumbersome to be transported safely in a standard shipping container is referred to as an abnormal load, or exceptional cargo. Given the size of abnormal loads, they require coordination between freight forwarders, police forces and other authorities when planning transport routes, in order to ensure that the cargo can travel safely from A to B.



We have a very experienced and dedicated team ready to with your abnormal loads requirements.

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Abnormal Loads and Oversized Shipping Services

Below are some of the common types of abnormal loads services we offer:

  • Heavy Machinery
    (Transformers, Wind Turbines, Generators)
  • Oversized Vehicles
    (Farm Machinery, Construction, Aircraft, Boats)
  • Construction Components
    (Pipes, Bridges, Modular Buildings)
  • Art Installations
    (Statues, Models, Architectural Art)



Abnormal Loads Projects

Here are just two examples of abnormal loads projects we’ve completed.


Antenna Transport

In 2018, we delivered a replacement TVO antenna to a Fred. Olsen cruise ship. This specialist antenna needed to arrive from the USA within a short timeframe, requiring a reliable supply chain to ensure minimal delays, while an incomplete control system provided an additional problem to be overcome.

Delivered via ocean freight to the UK, the antenna was reunited with its control system, while customs clearance and transit documents were received in short order before the antenna, along with crane facilities for completing installation, was delivered to the cruise ship in Southampton.


The Bladeroom Project

In 2016, we were tasked with transporting 20 Bladeroom plant decks to Australia. The decks were collected by specialist trailers from sites across the United Kingdom and transported to Southampton Port alongside escort vehicles for safety.

From there, the pieces were lowered onto trailers and secured, overseen by project managers, before being shipped to Melbourne and onwards to installation sites across Australia. Delivered on schedule and on budget, the project further strengthened our relationship with Bladeroom, a client of Hemisphere for many years.




Bladeroom Data Centre

After communicating with Bladeroom for a number of years and working with them on smaller projects, we had already been able to demonstrate our abilities and attention to detail, putting us firmly in the frame for this new, larger project.


  • Detailed advanced planning to ensure smooth running
  • Dedicated project manager to oversee lifting & loading operation
  • Regular client updates throughout every phase
  • Project completed on time and on budget

Leiston Transformer

As well as sourcing various specialist transportation solutions, we also ensured that additional security was in place for the cargo and road trailer whilst on quay awaiting its permitted delivery date.


  • Full route survey and assessment
  • Specialist sea-going barge chartered specifically for project
  • Full customs clearance undertaken
  • Dedicated project managers on hand throughout

Fred. Olsen TVO Antenna

This project was truly a team effort from start to finish, and we took great pride in witnessing this specialist piece of equipment being installed in its final location.


  • Delivery required to meet a strict deadline
  • Co-ordinated effort across several departments
  • Customs clearance and de-vanning required
  • A fully integrated logistics solution

30ft. Yacht Shipment

Our strong presence in New Zealand helped to make this project a success, with the team pulling together to transport some awkward cargo in an extremely efficient manner.


  • Tight timescales for delivery
  • Road haulage and ocean freight teams working together
  • Lashing to a 40ft. flat rack container
  • International co-ordination from UK to New Zealand
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We’re specialists in a wide range of sectors and with over 30 years in the industry, we know a thing or two about creating a bespoke solution that’s as unique as your cargo.

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