The biggest items ever shipped

There is no such thing as normal in the haulage industry. Nearly everything you’ll see has been shipped via truck, whether that’s a container, a piece of machinery, a building component, or even your amazon package, it all makes its way to you thanks to the hard work of HGV drivers. Without trucking, the world, as we know it, would quickly grind to a halt. We often forget that that is the case. Perhaps you have seen an unusual or oversized piece of equipment and wondered, how on earth did this get here? Trucking made it happen, and it’s not uncommon for a haulage company to have to transport oversized or abnormal loads on a regular basis. Some companies even specialise in delivering this kind of cargo. This requires a lot of advanced planning, special permission, and police escorts to move the cargo securely from A to B.

With that in mind, we have come up with a list of some of the largest and most unique loads ever moved by road, air, or sea.


The gas power generator

The Antonov An-225 Mriya, also known as “the inspiration,” is the world’s largest jet. It was initially meant to transport the Russian space shuttle, but in 2009, it transported a gas power generator weighing 418,834 pounds to Armenia, making it the heaviest freight shipment by air. This world-record-breaking consignment used the An-225’s six turbines to transport the payload from Frankfurt, Germany, to Yerevan, Armenia, and the delivery was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.


The water desalination unit 

A Saudi Arabian logistics business holds the record for the heaviest object ever transported by road freight. Almajdouie organised the development, assembly, transport, and installation of a football-field-sized water desalination plant in 2012, supervising the project’s 4,700-mile journey from Korea to Saudi Arabia. The project’s size necessitated the construction of a purpose-built port in Saudi Arabia to discharge eight evaporator units weighing a total of 41,000 metric tonnes.


The Statue of Liberty

The most famous freight journey of all time involves the Statue of Liberty, which took place in 1885. The most famous emblem of the United States was created in France by a sculptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and had to be disassembled into 214 wooden crates before being sent by ocean to the United States, where it was rebuilt and erected. With a weight of about 450,000 pounds, the delivery needed months of meticulous planning to guarantee it arrived safely.


The power plant transformer

In 2013, the delivery of a 640-tonne power plant transformer brought traffic to a halt, with tailbacks reaching for 13 kilometres. The 100-metre long, 5-metre wide transformer carriage from Didcot power station to Avonmouth Docks in Bristol, dubbed the UK’s greatest logistical undertaking ever, took nine months to organise. Two lanes of the M4 were closed for the 4mph crawl, which was supervised by a team of specialists.


Heavy Haulage solutions by Dyce Carriers:


Dyce Carriers specialises in the transportation of atypical loads, or goods that cannot fit into a regular shipping container due to its size, weight, or awkwardness. Abnormal loads need more preparation than standard cargo deliveries, and frequently necessitate a comprehensive, tailored route to guarantee a safe and effective travel from point A to point B.

HIAB lorries ideal for transporting larger things and maneuvering through a variety of areas to deliver your goods to where they need to go. Depending on your haulage demands, Dyce carriers may tailor their service to meet your needs by utilising the various types and capabilities of their specialised equipment. Their skilled operators, drivers, and employees work together to provide one-of-a-kind haulage solutions for your transportation issues.


What to expect when you hire a HIAB truck?

  • A qualified operator can swiftly and easily load and unload broad, heavy, or large items.
  • HIAB vehicles are excellent for any palletised products
  • HIAB cranes can access difficult-to-reach locations and narrow corners, including inaccessible regions such as elevated or sunken areas



There is no limit when it comes to the haulage industry. No cargo, no matter the size and weight, is too much of a challenge for a team of seasoned professionals with the right equipment. Trucking and haulage are ever-evolving, as logistics experts continue to find unique solutions to the transportation of abnormal loads. We can’t wait to see what is next on the horizon.

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