Collett – Heavy Lift News


Collett & Sons Ltd

  • Victoria Terminal,
    Albert Road,
    West Yorkshire,
    HX2 0DF
    United Kingdom


Experts in the transport of heavy and abnormal loads, Collett are your global professional partner for specialist logistics, heavy haulage, heavy lift, marine and transport consulting services.

Our extensive knowledge, skill and years of experience allows us to provide bespoke heavy haulage logistics, heavy lift, transport consulting and marine services for the movement of abnormal loads throughout Europe.

Our dedicated heavy transport fleet of trucks, specialist trailers and self propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) operate across our strategically placed depots in Halifax, Goole, Grangemouth and Ireland, positioning us perfectly to provide the ideal solution for your project’s requirements.

From single unit projects and one off deliveries to the transport and heavy lift of multiple oversized cargoes, the relocation of machinery or specialist logistics for complete breakbulk contracts, Collett are ideally placed to quickly and efficiently undertake your project.

Experts in Motion since 1928, Collett have a wealth of experience transporting difficult and abnormal loads throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. Their haulage fleet of over 65 trucks, 120 specialist trailers and Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) operate across four strategically placed depots in Halifax, at the Port of Goole, the Port of Grangemouth, and most recently in Dublin, with the introduction of Collett (Ireland) Ltd.


The Collett Team will be heading  to Glasgow for the 2020 All Energy exhibition.

Running across the 13th & 14th May at the SEC Glasgow, All Energy aims to connect suppliers of renewable, low carbon energy solutions and policy makers to developers, investors, buyers and a number of professionals from around the world.

Besides the innovations on the show floor, All Energy also offers 12 theatres with hours of free educational programmes.

All Energy welcomes professionals from a variety of sectors, such as hydropower, offshore & onshore wind, bioenergy, marine renewables energy and others, coming from across the UK, France, Germany, China, USA, Italy and beyond.

Join All Energy for this 20th anniversary exhibition and visit the Collett Team on stand D41.


A regular face at the event, we’ll be heading back to Bremen with our welcoming Yorkshire charm ready to chat about anything and everything transport, heavy lift, marine and consulting! Make a note in your diary to come and pay us a visit!

For more than a decade, Breakbulk Europe has served as the networking hub for industry professionals who do business in Europe! Exhibitors and sponsors include cargo owners, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/terminals, heavy haulers, equipment companies and more that are involved in this specialized industry. In addition to exceptional networking opportunities, Breakbulk Europe provides a dynamic conference, along with a range of educational and training workshops — intensive all-day classes held the day before the exhibition opens as well as many on-the-floor sessions.

Meet with over 500 exhibitors and sponsors, representing the entire industrial project supply chain
Network with more than 10,000 participants–lots of new business starts on the exhibition floor, in the hotels and along the beautiful sidewalks of Bremen
Hear from industry experts, including leading shippers, during the conference sessions
Learn new skills in the educational workshops held before the exhibition and throughout the exhibition on the show floor
We look forward to seeing you there, visit us in Hall 5 Stand 5A41.

Focus on Collett’s Goole Depot

Strategically positioned next to the UK’s furthest inland port, our Goole Heavy Lift Depot is the ideal location for project cargo due to its fantastic links to the UK road network.

This 10-acre site offers 20,000sq ft of indoor warehousing and features a substantial outdoor storage facility complete with a 110 Tonne capacity straddle carrier making the storage, cargo handling or transhipment of equipment & abnormal loads a cost effective option. This specialist heavy lift storage facility also features a 45 Tonne reach stacker for container handling and vanning/de-vanning operations for fast effective cargo handling.

Home to their Heavy Lift, Projects and Engineering Teams this Depot also houses a vast array of specialist equipment including jacking & skidding systems, 120 specialist trailers and 100+ axle lines of Scheuerle Intercombi complete with wafer beds, vessel beams and the UK’s largest girder bridge trailer with a capacity of 550 tonnes.

As with our depots in Halifax and Grangemouth, our Goole facility is fully fenced and equipped with 24 hour CCTV coverage with security guards in operation for maximum safety.

Profile News update

Since 2007 Collett & Sons have been proud to feature on the C&ST Transport 50 list, rubbing shoulders with businesses far and wide. This a list of the world’s largest heavy hauliers and specialised transport equipment-owning companies ranked according to the total carrying capacity of their fleet. Companies are ranked in the worldwide index, calculated by adding together the transport capacity of all modular and specialised trailers in their fleet. The 2019 index has been announced, and once again Collett feature on the list with their combined modular trailer capacity of 6,340 Tonnes and combined specialised trailer capacity of 6,713 Tonnes, the Collett Transport 50 index reaches a hefty 13,053 Tonnes!

Grangemouth Depot Facilities

At the portside Scottish headquarters in Grangemouth Collett offer a 110 Tonne straddle carrier, a 45 Tonne straddle carrier and range of forklift trucks up to 15 Tonne.

This heavy lift storage depot enables the company to provide a fast and efficient Scottish hub for load handling, making the storage, consolidation and transhipment of components a cost effective option.

As with their depots in Halifax, Goole, our Grangemouth facility is fully fenced and equipped with 24 hour CCTV coverage with security guards in operation for maximum safety.

Added to this specialist heavy lift facility they also operate a multi-functional synchronous hydraulic heavy lift jacking system capable of monitoring the position of the load between the four jacks to within a 1mm tolerance. This innovative hydraulic equipment allows us to raise and slide industrial machinery, transformers and components up to 500 Tonne in a controlled manner, indoors or outdoors. With the option of jacking to lift and lower, and skidding to push and pull, they can load directly to trailer or relocate industrial machinery, transformers and components in confined spaces.

The Grangemouth site offers 3-acre of storage, with the potential to expand up to 15. Utilising this facility with their heavy lift straddle carriers and various lifting equipment allow them to offer ideal heavy lift storage and warehousing solutions for a wide range of cargoes.

New Video – Girder Bridge with 178t load

Case Study – SPT Mile for 55 Tonne Lathe

The 12.7m long, 3.5m wide, 3.5m high lathe had been carrying out prototype work for some of the biggest aerospace companies in the world, and required a transport solution to move from its position at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to a separate AML site a mile down the road.

With a gantry lifting system already in place, Collett were contracted to undertake transport operations of the high accuracy piece of equipment. Taking place in mid-May, preparation of the cargo had already been undertaken with the removal of ancillary systems from the lathe, such as coolant tanks and guarding panels.

With the lathe lifted by gantry within the research centre, our Team, equipped with an 8-axle motorised SPT Scheuerle InterCombi and powerpack, manoeuvred under the suspended cargo and lowered to secure. Once outside the facility, our Team hitched the SPT to our Mercedes-Benz Arocs SLT 8×4 ballast truck. Under Collett Pilot Car escort, the lathe slowly made the mile journey to its designated site. Once at the manufacturing facility, site restrictions would not allow for access of the SPT to manoeuvre the cargo to final position. Our Team brought the cargo to within a few feet before transferring to a skidding system for final positioning.

“There were no particular challenges on this job – everything was straightforward,” states Liam McLoughlin, Head of Projects. “All parties worked together on the pre-planning works and this collaboration provided a smooth and successful operation.”

“We’re well used to working with other parties, and I think that’s the main challenge in heavy haulage now, the preparation and lead times are key. I’m happy to say that everything went as planned, with all contractors working hand in hand to complete the project.”

Video – Collett’s In-House Engineering for Midlands Cold Box

Case Study – Effer Expertise for Slaters Electricals

Supplied by Slater Electricals, the 12MVA, 33000/11000v transformer began its journey from Blaydon, Tyne & Wear to an energy-from-waste plant in the Midlands. Appointed to undertake all transport, lifting and positioning operations our Team loaded the transformer at Slaters Electricals’ Scotswood Bridge Works before travelling the 195 miles to delivery site. On arrival at site, our Team expertly offloaded and positioned the 3.79m L x 2.92m W x 3.40m H load, using our 205 Tonne/Meter Crane Vehicle.

“We needed a haulier with a crane vehicle capable of offloading and positioning a 20 tonne power transformer at the end client’s site. Collett’s had the equipment to do the job and gave a first class service from quotation through to precisely positioning the transformer on the pre-prepared base on site. The job was completed to our customer’s complete satisfaction”. Jamie Slater, Commercial Director, Slaters Electricals.




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