DCS Special Projects were tasked with ensuring the safe passage of a 140t 4.4m wide Press base from Harwich Intentional Port to a Metal Recycling facility in Birmingham, once DCS Special Projects received the trailer combination and dimensions the client requested that route assessment was carried out to ensure both the Truck and Load could pass without any hindrance.

The base was transported on a 10 axle modular trailer with a 4 axle MAN tractor unit due to number of axles the total length of the transport then became 27meters long, DCS took all of these factors into account on the route assessment and found that trying to move the load into Birmingham during the day would be extremely challenging and would cause unnecessary disruption to one Birmingham’s busy arterial public transport and commuter routes, Because of this the only option was to bring the Base in during the early hours of the morning when traffic is at its quietest.

The length of the journey meant that the trip had to be split into two half’s leaving Harwich at 09:30 with two of DCS Abnormal Load Escort vehicles and making their way to Corley Services on the M6 providing the driver with a safe environment to have their 9hour break from driving due to load having to begin again at 00:00 the transport had to be parked in Corley by 15:00 at the latest.

The Base left Corley at 00:00 onto the M6 then onto the M42 then to the A45 towards Birmingham’s city Centre winding their way through the bus lanes and traffic calming finally arriving at the metal recycling facility at 04:30 where the prior organised parking had been placed to allow the crane to enter before the base and be rigged up at 07:00 once the crane was rigged DCS Special projects Steersman then assisted the driver of the truck to precisely place the trailer into the designated lifting area and remove the chains.

Once the base had been lifted off of the transport the steersman again assisted the driver of the truck steering the trailer from underneath the crane and aligning the fully steerable axles straight and prepared the trailer for travelling.

DCS Abnormal Load Escort vehicles then escorted the truck and trailer back out of Birmingham to the M6 motorway.


DCS Abnormal Loads Escorts is now launching a new Service to work in partnership with Pilot Services Holland.

Pilot Services Holland are based near Amsterdam.

In conjunction with Pilot Services Holland, DCS is now able to provide Abnormal Load Services within the UK and also across Europe with onward to Ireland.

Peter Priest head of DCS Abnormal Loads Escorting attended the Truckstar show in Holland in October.

During the Truckstar show Peter and his Assistant Manager Carl Garrod explored the tremendous advantages with Win Bakker owner of Pilot Services Holland of providing Europe wide services.

This partnership resulted in DCS and PSH now being a one stop shop supply to all UK haulage companies exporting abnormal loads into Europe and working with Europe based haulage companies importing into the UK.

This merging of services and working systems has made it extremely easy for client companies to access a one stop shop for all their Escort requirements including obtaining Road Planning Permits, advice regarding heavy haulage  requirement’s and  Regulations.

From now on exporting Abnormal Loads from the UK to Europe and importing from Europe to the UK has never been made so easy for the client with DCS Abnormal Loads Escorts and Pilot Services Holland supplying the required escort services and support statutory planning and documentation.

So please send us your European Abnormal Load enquires to projects@dcslogistics.co.uk and see just how easy working as a complete team can be.