The key to Metro Shipping’s offering in project and out-of-gauge cargoes is our 50-50 joint venture with Fracht, a Swiss freight service provider who is world renowned for its fulfilment of the most challenging heavy-lift logistics projects around.

Launching the joint-venture Fracht UK operation – 50% owned by Metro Shipping, and 50% owned by Fracht – has turned us into a genuine project cargo specialist. We have achieved great success developing bespoke solutions for customers whose cargo is too big to be stowed in normal transport units such as standard maritime containers.

By their very nature, out-of-gauge cargoes are typically components of larger installations, such as energy production developments and larger-scale public infrastructure projects. They tend to be some of the most challenging cargoes to transport, and often to the most challenging destinations – few locations on the planet are more inaccessible than offshore wind fields, but arranging the logistics and delivering the huge turbines that operate these fields is something we have extensive experience of.

Another example of challenges faced could be the delivery of locomotives delivered to the UK, which have to be discharged at the port nearest to the end destination. If there is an inland leg there will be extensive consultations with VOSA concerning the likelihood of having to shut roads in order to move the freight.

With cargoes as big as the above, the expertise offered by Metro Shipping at every stage of the planning and execution of such shipments can be invaluable. Our experts are well versed in the complex technology used in every link in project cargo supply chains and they have years of experience complying with health and safety requirements such as producing the Risk, Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS) reports. Our presence on the lists of approved forwarders of most of the largest project cargo shippers is testament to this.

For a copy of our latest brochure, please contact Grant Liddell on 0121 717 2330 or email