160 Tonne Footbridge Delivered

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

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…

Training Centre Success

Individuals and companies from across the industry are taking advantage of of Training4Transport'sCentre of Excellence expansive specialist training offering.

We opened our doors to the industry last year and since then we’ve seen escort companies, engineering companies, power station employees, transport companies and councils walk through, keen to improve their skills and knowledge.

From those wishing to complete their required 35 Hour Driver CPC requirements to courses for individuals who wish to develop their skills working with abnormal loads, our certified Trainers have provided expert coaching helping individuals to sharpen their operational processes and develop their driver skills.

With Driver CPCSafe Urban Driving and City & Guilds Abnormal Load Escort Driver training top of the agenda our highly skilled trainers have guided individuals through brand new training, refresher courses and final assessments to achieve qualification.

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140 Tonnes from Kilnhurst to Immingham

With 140 Tonnes of deaerator vessel destined for Immingham Dock, South Yorkshire’s Charles Thompson Ltd appointed Collett & Sons to facilitate the Route Planning, Transport and Port Agency services for the cumbersome 28m long cargo.

Due to the size of the loaded vehicle our Team completed several Route Access Surveys studying in detail each section of the route to highlight any modifications which may be required.  Although the convoy would utilise a high load route for part of the journey the smaller roads and villages required close attention to ensure the loaded vehicle could safely navigate the topography.  Alongside the Route Access Surveys several Swept Path Analysis exercises provided a further insight into the suitability of the route and the environmental factors which may impede the project.

This meticulous planning identified extensive street furniture modifications and removals which would be required to ensure that the 28.3m (L) x 5.64m (W) x 5.65m (H) cargo could saf…

European Hauliers Form the Route To Space Alliance

Five highly established hauliers from across Europe have joined together to offer a bespoke transport and logistics service specifically tailored to the aerospace, astrospace and research laboratory industries.

French company Chabrillac, UK based Collett & Sons, Switzerland’s Friderici Spécial and German companies Hermann Paule and WeiLa Transport have united to form the Route To Space Alliance.

The Alliance, which headquarters in Toulouse, offers the collective experience, knowledge and skills of all five members providing a complete transport service for highly sensitive, unique and irreplaceable items.  All five hauliers are family firms recognised for their reliability, and possess years of experience in transporting high technology products and abnormal loads.

Speaking on the birth of the Alliance, President and Managing Director of Chabrillac, Jérôme Pasdeloup states, “Our clients consider us as a very reliable transport company with strong commitments and schedules, perfectl…

115 Miles with Three Skid Units

With three skid units each weighing in at 47Tonnes, 19Tonnes and 16Tonnes, Collett we’re appointed by Maloney Metalcraft to provide transport solutions for all three cargoes.

Originating at Whiteley Read Engineering, each of the cargoes would be required to travel 115 miles to the Port of Immingham for onward transportation. With the smallest of the loads measuring 4.65m in height and the largest 5.2m, significant planning had to be undertaken ahead of the move to ensure that each of the loads would safely make the journey unimpeded.

Our Project’s Team began with a Visual Route Inspection, travelling the proposed route and gathering picture evidence of any sections which may obstruct the movement of the load. This included traffic lights, street signage, bollards, lampposts and railings which would have to be removed or altered ahead of the project taking place. Our Team also highlighted numerous overhead wires which, due to the overall loaded heights of each vehicle, would either hav…

Collett Named as the Heavies Operator of the Year!

We had another fantastic night at the Heavies Awards, and we were delighted to be presented with the Operator of the Year Award!

On announcing the winner, "The Operator of the Year has consistently raised the bar for the UK abnormal loads industry. Recent developments include expanding its Centre for Excellence, collaborating with a University to develop a bespoke computer system, and fund-raising for local charities." Managing Director David Collett took to the stage to collect the award, our second ‘Operator of the Year’ award inside 3 years!

The Heavies recognises and rewards industry excellence, innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality.  To win or to be shortlisted shows that you have achieved the very highest standard, as judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

In the words of the Judges: "A very clear picture of an extremely professional, highly competent and innovative specialist heavy hauler. The company has responded well to changes i…

Faymonville Additions to the Fleet

We’ve added two new Faymonville trailers to our fleet, one 2 axle MegaMAX and one 3 axle MultiMAX.

Firstly the 2 axle MegaMAX semi-trailer with extremely low transport deck. Due to its super low loading height this provides the ideal solution for transporting tall loads or skid loading industrial parts or machines directly from the floor. Furthermore, designed as a short wheel base trailer with the hydraulic stub axles allowing the steering angle to be altered up to 45° permits access to tight areas and hard to get to sites. In its closed state the trailer bed is 6.65m short but can be extended to 12.20m long to accommodate lengthy cargoes whilst maintaining optimum manoeuvrability. This trailer has a light tare weight which offers an amazing 40 Tonne carrying capacity.

The 3 axle MultiMAX covers an extensive range of transport requirements. The trailer is a stepframe construction being 13.5 meters long when in its closed state but is double extendable to a length of 27.0 meters. I…

Training4Transport Now Offer Van Smart Training

New to our training programme for 2017! Designed to reduce work relates road risks and improve safety standards, Van Smart is a Transport for London (TfL) backed driver training programme.

In London, vans account for 80% of all road freight mileage. 10% of road traffic incidents involve a van and 11% of these result in serious injury or fatality. The Van Smart training course not only aims to improve these safety standards but create a long-term behavioural change in the van sector.

The course, available from our Halifax Training4Transport facility, consists of one 3.5hr theory module and one 3.5hr on-cycle practical module. The aim of the theory module is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to become safer, diligent, more efficient and professional drivers. The practical module provides instruction to professional drivers to improve their awareness of vulnerable road users, using cycles on the public roads.
Course ContentKnowledge, skills and tools to…

Collett Named Innovator of the Year

On 21st October our team headed to the 10th annual Halifax Business Awards 2016 and for the second time we were delighted to be named as Innovator of the Year!

A fantastic night of glitz and glamour saw hundreds gather from across Calderdale to celebrate the achievements of businesses throughout the region.

Shortlisted for the Innovator of the Year Award, which we'd previously won back in 2014, Collett were once again announced as the winners!  Delighted Jack, Jade, Richard and Kath took to the stage to receive the award from award from Halifax Courier sponsor Anthony Longstaff and host Jon Hammond.

The judges thought that our dedication to innovation was clearly demonstrated throughout our execution of challenging heavy transport projects on a daily basis.  With our roots in Halifax since 1928 this local recognition is a fantastic addition of our awards cabinet and we're delighted to be named as the Halifax Courier Business Awards 2016 Innovator of the Year!