February 9 - Manline - a part of the Barloworld Transport group - is enhancing its abnormal load transportation, project cargo, rigging and lifting services to clients in the mining sector.

Manline Mega, which specialises in abnormal loads and project cargo up to 85 tonnes, is adding 20 new trucks to its fleet over the next six months.

HLPFI reported in September 2014 that Barloworld Transport acquired an 80 percent shareholding in Kumkani Heavy Haulage. Rebranded under the Manline Kumkani banner, the division boasts a fleet of 12 dedicated trucks, 78 Goldhofer multi-axle modular trailer combinations, and four Faymonville extendable trailers. This allows Manline to customise and extend trailers to transport irregular-shaped abnormal loads of up to 900 tonnes on public roads.

Complementing these two divisions, Barloworld Transport group has confirmed that later in February it will establish Barloworld Cranes. Using Liebherr all-terrain cranes and Tadano truck mount cranes, Barloworld Cranes will be able to provide tailored solutions and services for mining clients and projects within the sector.

"Having recognised the growing need for a comprehensive turnkey solution within the mining sector, we can now provide a unique abnormal transport and lifting service," says Neil Henderson, ceo of Barloworld Transport. "Clients can certainly expect to benefit from competitive pricing, improved efficiency and streamlined services delivered by one provider, which will add tremendous value in the long term.

"As the first African provider to offer such a wide range of solutions, we are confident that we can grow along with our clients and provide them with the world-class services and solutions they have come to expect," adds Henderson. "This is in line with our vision to deliver 'smart' transport solutions across the continent."