No Need for Big Headaches with Oversize Shipments


  • Four-ton Dynamometers needed to ship around the globe…
  • “too massive for even the largest standard container…”


An oversize freight load doesn’t have to cause oversize problems – as long as you have the right shipping partner.

That was good news for a Michigan manufacturer whose experience shipping four-ton dynamometers to international ports had been so poorly handled by a previous shipping company, the freight was arriving in parcels and on different ships. That caused confusion, missed deadlines, and unhappy customers.


“There is a lot of detailed logistical planning that goes into shipments like these, ” says the Ocean Manager at ICAT Logistics Detroit. “You have to do your homework and you have to have a strong network of capable suppliers all over the world. I think that is why we earned the business.

“Complex shipping challenges are one of our specialties.”

Big Picture:

Dynamometers, which are used to measure the force, torque, and power on engines — come in all sizes. In this case, the largest part of each unit is too massive for even the largest standard container and needs to be shipped on a flat rack, accompanied by a container packed with the parts and equipment that complete the shipment of one giant unit.

These components begin their journey by truck to an East Coast port and even that is complicated. “We plan every leg of this shipment. Road carriers handling oversize loads require permits and in some states, they cannot be moved on weekends or in daylight.”

“Special cranes and lifts are used at the ports of origin and destination and the ships must accommodate both flat racks and containers, which is not all that common. Each destination country has different regulations and requirements.

“So, yes, this project was challenging, but I really loved making our customers happy.” ICAT Logistics Detroit has shipped four massive dynamometers to international destinations since March and there are more in the pipeline.

“Our client is really pleased that we’ve taken the kinks out of this important freight delivery.”

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