Vanguard owns and maintains the largest fleet of heavy lift equipment in the southern hemisphere including stand jacks, hydraulic lift systems, self-climbing jacks and jack & slide.


From detailed rigging studies to heavy lift feasibility analysis, Vanguard’s Engineering Department is the cornerstone of all our heavy lift operations. Vanguard lays claim to the highest non-crane-assisted lift on the African continent, with the lifting of a 90 m-long, 1 200-ton conveyor section at the First Quantum Mine in Zambia. The final position was 60 m from ground level.

Europa ship heavy lift

Four 186t capacity strand jacks were used for the lift

Vanguard have successfully completed a complex lifting operation to upright a barque rigged sailing vessel, named the EUROPA, at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Yard, Cape Town. The vessel, which weighs 650t and measures 44.5m in length, recently slipped from its keel supports and rolled onto its starboard side during relaunching operations.


The health and safety of our staff is core to our business and the culture we have established at Vanguard over the past 50 years.

Vanguard ensures the safety of all personnel through our commitment to best practice in safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) management. We are compliant with all local, national and international laws, regulations and standards applicable to our business.

Through detailed lifting, rigging, transporting, jacking and skidding engineering studies, we constantly identify and assess potential safety, health and environmental risks, implementing effective controls to prevent and mitigate possible consequences.

Backed by the most comprehensive insurance policies available in South Africa, you are in safe hands with us!


Vanguard provides a lifting, transporting, moving and installation service to the heavy industry and infrastructure markets.


Our dedicated in-house design and engineering department specializes in engineering bespoke solutions to complex plant installation or industrial heavy lift application.


Our team combines experience, innovation and state-of-the-art design technologies and equipment to optimize the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety of each stage of your heavy lifting or plant installation project.


Innovation, certification and quality control is at the heart of all our engineered designs.

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