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Heavy Lifting Made Easy: A Guide to Different Types of Rigging Equipment

As a global leader in the rigging and transportation industry, we understand that heavy lifting requires specialised equipment that can handle immense loads and complex operations. At Global Rigging and Transport, we offer a wide range of heavy lift and rigging equipment that can be used for a variety of applications. In this blog, we will take a closer look at some of the different types of equipment we offer and how they are commonly used.


Cranes are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the rigging and transportation industry. They come in a variety of sizes and configurations, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, overhead cranes, we even have a 250 ton floating crane, which we mainly use for loading and unloading specialised cargo. Mobile cranes are typically mounted on a wheeled vehicle or truck and can be easily moved from one location to another. Tower cranes, on the other hand, are fixed to a concrete base and are commonly used on large construction sites. Overhead cranes are typically used in factories and warehouses for material handling.


Forklifts are another common piece of equipment used in heavy lift and rigging operations. They are typically used for moving heavy loads over short distances and are available in various configurations, including electric, propane, and diesel. Forklifts can be used for a variety of applications, including loading and unloading shipping containers, stacking pallets, and moving heavy machinery.

Rigging Hardware

Rigging hardware includes a variety of equipment used for attaching and securing loads during lifting and transportation operations. Examples of rigging hardware include shackles, slings, hooks, and wire rope. Each type of hardware is designed to handle specific loads and conditions, and selecting the appropriate hardware is critical to ensuring a safe and successful operation.

Jacks and Skates

Jacks and skates are specialized equipment used for moving heavy loads over short distances. Jacks are typically used for lifting heavy machinery or equipment off the ground, while skates are used for rolling the load along the ground. Both jacks and skates are available in various sizes and configurations and can be used for a wide range of applications.

Transport Trailers

Transport trailers are used for transporting heavy loads over long distances. They come in various configurations, including flatbeds, lowboys, and specialized trailers for transporting oversized loads. Transport trailers are designed to handle loads weighing several hundred tons and are typically used for transporting heavy machinery, construction equipment, and oversized shipping containers. Global Rigging and Transport's created a Containerised Transport Truss System (CTTS), developed for the transport of cranes without the need for disassembly. This system is comprised of two separate trusses that are transported inside standard shipping containers, enabling them to be moved around the world. The primary function of the truss system is to reduce the time required for relocating cranes within shipping terminals.

At Global Rigging and Transport, we understand that each heavy lift and rigging operation is unique, and we work closely with our clients to select the appropriate equipment for their specific needs, often customising for specific needs. By utilizing our state-of-the-art equipment and experienced operators, we are able to provide safe and efficient rigging and transportation solutions to our clients around the world.

If you require the GRT team and our specialist equipment or if you require any of our other services, please contact:

GRT have offices in Virginia (US), Vancouver (Canada), San Antonio (Chile) and Panama City (Panama), enabling our capacity to meet the needs of global clients quickly and efficiently.


  • "Rigging and Lifting Handbook" by Industrial Training International

  • "Crane Handbook" by Construction Safety Council

  • "Forklift Safety: A Practical Guide to Preventing Powered Industrial Truck Incidents and Injuries" by George Swartz

  • "Rigging Equipment: A User's Manual" by National Safety Council


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