Shipping Oversized/Overweight cargo

Transporting oversized cargo (known as project cargo in the shipping industry) requires detailed planning, preparation and organisation. Meticulous attention to detail is required to ensure everything is in place at the correct time.

At t.ward shipping, we have years of experience in transporting and shipping project cargo all over the world for industries such as:
• Oil and gas
• Mining
• Renewables
• Agriculture
• Food and drink

What is oversized and abnormal cargo?

Typically speaking, oversized and heavy cargoes are those too heavy/big for normal sized trailers and containers. So, for sea freight if cargo is over 2.35m width, over 2.6m height or over 11.9m length it ‘may’ be considered too big for standard containers and as such may need an open top or a flat rack container.


Cargoes are considered too heavy once they weigh over 26-28000 kgs. Road freight cargoes are considered too big when length is more than 13.6m, width over 2.4m and height above 2.6m. Heavy-lift and abnormal loads cannot be handled like normal freight shipments, they  often require  specialist moving equipment, and transportation of the freight requires complex planning. The process demands a team of local and global associates with a hands-on approach to ensure your freight is handled responsibly.


We can handle all aspects of project cargo forwarding, whatever the size or complexity of the project. We work closely with clients to provide a bespoke service which includes the following:

Shipping cargo by sea


We offer a full range or FCL (full containers), Flat Rack and Open top containers for your out of gauge and overweight cargoes as well as offering complete lashing and securing of your goods.  We can ship containers to/from anywhere in the world. We also offer roll on/roll off (ro/ro) service to numerous destinations to/from anywhere in the world for project cargo too large or too heavy for standard container sea transport.

Ships Chartering​

If your project cargo is time critical and/or too large for standard ro/ro and container routes we can arrange chartering of dry bulk cargo vessels for your cargo.

See our ship broking page for more information

By road
Whether as part of a sea freight movement or simply door to door project road freight cargo we can arrange transport of your project cargo by road within Europe and to North Africa and the Middle East.

Specialist packing and crating
We can arrange all packing and crating formalities for your goods.

We can also supply craneage for your goods throughout the UK.

T ward shipping prides itself on offering bespoke UK shipping services for imports and exports to and from the UK, for more information on our project cargo services, or to discuss your requirements, please contact us and we’ll be delighted to help.