Vanguard operates the largest privately owned fleet of modular trailers and prime movers, and is regarded as the premier heavy lift and transport company in its field. The company specialises in the long-haul transport of ultra-heavy cargo and provides this service across borders and throughout industries.


Supported by the in-house Engineering and Planning Department, Vanguard is unique in its ability to safely move ultra-heavy cargo throughout the African continent.

In a recent project that took place in South Africa, Vanguard’s Transport Department was responsible for moving one of the largest loads ever through the Western Cape.

98 axle lines over 1 400 km

4 500 man-hours in preparation

Vanguard is the first company in South Africa to invest in self-propelled modular trailers. With this investment, our fleet of on-site relocation equipment has gone from strength to strength. Our industry leading trailer technicians and fully fledged fabrication facility equip Vanguard to modify and configure modular trailer combinations, specifically meeting individual project specifications. Supported by the Engineering Department and the pre-planning team, every minute detail is planned and orchestrated with precision.


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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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!