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. Below are just some of the common types of abnormal loads.

  • 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)
  • CCA
  • Project Professionals Group
  • WCA Inter Global
  • WCA Projects
  • WCA World
  • Neutral Air Partner

Abnormal and Oversized Haulage

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.

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.

Dan Leach

Project Co-ordinator

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  • 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.

Louis Perrin


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  • 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.

Glenn Yellop

Team Supervisor - Ocean Exports

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  • 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.

Daniel Morgan

Project Co-ordinator

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  • 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

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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