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Mercedes-Benz Arocs SLT Heavy Haulers Weigh in for Collett

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Our two fantastic new Mercedes-Benz Arocs SLTs have completed their first major assignment.



Collett’s Heavy Lifts Project Director Eric Crosby oversaw the planning and delivery of the first major contract in which the two trucks worked together, which entailed transporting a pair of huge steam boilers from Rotterdam Docks, Holland to a paper mill in Snodland, Kent. Each boiler was 15 metres long, 4.7 metres wide, 4.35 metres long, and weighed 85 tonnes.

Both boilers were destined for a new power plant being constructed at an existing paper mill, a repeat of a project previously undertaken three years ago for the same client to a site in Selby, close to our Heavy Lift Terminal in Goole.

Originating in Germany the boilers travelled by road and then barge to Rotterdam.  Each one was then lifted out of the barge and loaded to two awaiting multi-axle modular Scheuerle inter-combi trailers for onward transport to Snodland, Kent.  The Arocs are equipped with hydraulic systems and Rockinger co…

Halifax Business Awards Shortlist for Collett

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The shortlist for the 2017 Halifax Business Awards has been announced and Collett are delighted to feature in two categories!

As the 2017 Halifax Business Awards draws ever closer Collett & Sons are excitedly awaiting the evening as this year we've been shortlisted in two categories, Innovator of the Year and Large Business of the Year!

Now in its 11th year, the awards ceremony is practically guaranteed to be a sell-out celebrating the best and brightest businesses and individuals throughout the region.  Halifax Courier Editor John Kenealy said, "The big night would no doubt again deliver stories of enterprise and amazing achievements of inspiring individuals.  The Courier Business Awards provide the opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience what a great place Calderdale is to work and do business."  

As previous winners of the Innovator of the Year back in 2017 and 2014 we've got high hopes again this year!  We'll be putting on our best and heading to t…

Enerpac 1000 Tonne Jack-Up for Collett Turbine and Generator Lift

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Collett & Sons have completed their first project utilising an Enerpac JS-250 Jack-Up system.


Installing a 100 Tonne Siemens steam turbine SST-600 and 60 Tonne generator at a new incinerator plant in Hull, UK. Working within tight space restrictions, the four tower Jack-Up system lifted the power generation plant equipment to a height of 4.5m, allowing it to be easily skidded into position.

The Enerpac JS-250 Jack-Up system is a 1000 Tonne capacity multi-point, synchronous lifting system with self-contained hydraulics in each unit for uncluttered work areas. Loads are lifted in increments as steel “barrels” are stacked together to form lifting towers. Utilising Collett’s SPMT capabilities, the 100 Tonne Siemens steam turbine and the 60 Tonne generator were manoeuvred on site within the plant and positioned above the Jack-Up units at each corner of the load. Following the 4.5m lift, Collett’s skidding systems allowed for both the generator and the steam turbine to be skidded for 14…

2017 Transport50

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International Cranes & Specialized Transport Magazine's Transport50 has been announced, since 2007 Collett have featured on the index and ten years on we're still featuring in the top 50!


In 2005 International Cranes & Specialized Transport launched the Transport50, a list of the world's largest heavy and specialised transport equipment-owning companies ranked according to the total carrying capacity of their fleet.  Companies are then ranked in the Transport50 index, calculated by adding together the transport capacity of all modular and specialised trailers in the fleet.

Since 2007 Collett & Sons have been proud to feature on the list, rubbing shoulders with businesses far and wide.  Looking back to 2007 our Transport50 index was 4,406 Tonnes based on our overall carrying capacity.  Ten years on and our combined modular trailer capacity of 5,764 Tonnes and combined specialised trailer capacity of 5,445 Tonnes more than doubles our Transport50 index to 11,209 …

Introducing Collett (Ireland) Ltd

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new subsidiary company Collett (Ireland) Ltd.

Collett have been operating across UK, Ireland and Europe for over 40 years, servicing our clients transport requirements with our specialist vehicles and trailers, as and when required and furthermore with our freight forwarding services, whilst dealing closely with our network of preferred sub-contractors.

However, due to increased volumes and planned workload that is anticipated, along with successfully winning orders for projects in the Irish market, the time is right to stretch our arms across the Irish sea and open our own Irish Company. This demonstrates our commitment to the Irish market and to build stronger ties with our clients and suppliers.

The company is registered in the Irish republic, in order to satisfy the Irish Tax and fiscal regulations and we have recently been granted a ‘Road Transport Operator Licence’ by the Department of Transport in Ireland to operate legally within the…

Collett Launch New Model!

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Manufactured by IMC Models this beautifully detailed Collett DAF Euro6 SSC 8x4 with Nooteboom MCO-PX 6 axle trailer is a must for any die cast enthusiast’s collection.

Limited to a production run of just 200, each model comes securely boxed complete with certification of origin and information booklet.  Each model is finished to the highest of standards and comes with support legs, 2 spare wheels, 2 warning signs, powerpack and left, right and back panels all packed separately.

IMC scale models are specialists in creating cranes, heavy haulage and earthmoving equipment.  Based in Houten, The Netherlands, IMC produce these handcrafted scale models with passion which is evident in the finished article.

We only have a limited number of the models available for sale so make sure you get yours today to avoid disappointment!

ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 & 18001:2007 Accreditation

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Collett are delighted to announce that we have received accreditation to the new 9001:2015 Quality Management System, the new 14001:2015 Environmental Management System and the existing OHSAS 18001:2007.


We are one of the first companies in the Heavy Lifting and Heavy Haulage sector to achieve certification to the new 9001:2015 Quality Management System, the new 14001:2015 Environmental Management System and the existing OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, by the UKAS Accredited British Assessment Bureau.  The 2015 versions of the standards replace the previous versions, that become obsolete in September 2018.

Why has the standard been revised? ISO standards are reviewed every five years and revised if needed. This helps ensure they remain useful tools for the marketplace. The challenges faced by business and organisations today are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 9001 & 14001 has been updated to take this new environment into account.

160 Tonne Footbridge Delivered

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We’ve been in South Wales delivering a 160 Tonne footbridge as part of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Improvement Project.


The bridge, manufactured by specialist steelwork fabricators Britons Ltd, stretched to 54 metres long and required a 6 axle double bogie combination with Power Boost from the Collett fleet to ensure suitable manoeuvrability on site.

Collecting from a lay down area, the Collett Team self-loaded the lengthy cargo for the short movement on site to the bridge’s final positioning. With this operation taking place in a closed section of the A465 no special orders or permits would be required and after loading and transporting on site, the cargo was safely positioned alongside its final location where an awaiting mobile crane was already in place to unload the bridge and safely lift to its destination.

The installation of the footbridge forms part of the A465 Improvement Project. The £220m road dualling project is upgrading the 8.1km route between Gilwern and Brynmawr whi…

Delivering Galloper Onshore Substation

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With the development of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm underway, an extension of the fully operational Greater Gabbard Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk, Collett were tasked with providing transport logistics for a 180Tonne Transformer destined for the onshore substation.


Originating in South Korea the Super Grid Transformer, which measures an impressive 8.7m (L) x 4.9, (W) x 4.7m (H) was scheduled to arrive at the Port of Lowestoft via Rotterdam in late September. With the instruction of the project, on behalf of Hemisphere Freight Services, beginning in June this provided a tight four month timescale in which plan, execute and complete the delivery.

Working closely with Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd and Robert Wynn & Sons, a solution for transferring the transformer from the originating vessel at Rotterdam to the specialist RoRo barge, the Terra Marique was devised. In collaboration Collett, Hemisphere and Wynns engineered specialist calculations and technical drawings of the lo…

The 2017 Heavy Equipment Model Show

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The date has been announced for this year's Heavy Equipment Model Show, make sure you're there on 22nd October 2017!



Roll up, roll up for this year's Heavy Equipment Model Show.  Now in its seventh year, the show once again promises to be a fantastic day filled with model displays and trade stands alongside vintage and modern vehicle displays.

Expanding every year the show is now the largest of its kind in the UK and features has a great mixture of models from all aspects of heavy work such as cranes, heavy haulage, plant and quarry equipment. The show is a great opportunity for collectors to display their collection or a diorama and if you're looking to add to your collection there'll be a number of retailers at the show with everything from books to excavators, and those bits you just can’t find online.

The show takes place on Sunday 22nd October at Burnley Football Club, Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4BX and is open from 10am - 4pm.

For m…