Shipping Breakbulk On Container Vessel06. August 2019
"When a client for two major civil construction projects on the US West Coast approached FLS for two urgent shipments of time-critical cargo for these projects a perfect solution was found: Shipping the cargo as break bulk on a container vessel. Time and costs were crucial for our customer, so instead of chartering a multipurpose break bulk vessel on a last-in/first-out direct sailing, in this case, the best solution was to use a container service. Structural beams of up to 30 meters in lengths and weighing up to 40 tons posed big challenges for both the loading and unloading operation on an 11,000 TEU container vessel. But in close cooperation with carrier, terminals and crane operators a solution using a combination of mobile and gantry cranes was found. The benefits of using container vessels for break bulk opposed to a regular break bulk vessel are better transit times as well as reliable and more regular shipping schedules. Also, commercially smaller lots will not attract the sometimes high inducement freight rates of break bulk vessels. Due to these benefits shipping break bulk on container vessels is becoming more common and FLS has the expertise to provide tailor-made solutions fitting both time and budgetary restraints."
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