In the world of shipping, project and breakbulk cargo operations are complex categories to handle. Project Cargo is usually for construction, mining, and oil and gas projects. Breakbulk can include items such as steel coils, bags of grain, or heavy machinery. Both often require manual handling and specialized equipment to load and unload, a process that’s typically done piece by piece.
In this sense, managing and transporting bulk cargo presents a unique set of challenges: Cargo Dimensions, Stowage requirements, and criticality of delivery times necessitate heightened awareness and close collaborations between all involved parties.
Shippers must carefully consider and address these challenges to guarantee a successful and smooth delivery of goods, ensuring that the cargo arrives free of damage, on time, and within the budget allocated for logistics.
This blog post will discuss some of the main challenges associated with shipping projects and breakbulk cargo across the water and what operational teams can do to overcome them.
Size and Weight Limitations
One of the biggest challenges related to ocean shipping of project and breakbulk cargo is vessel size and weight limitations. A vessel’s cargo-hauling characteristics can often constrain the transport of large, heavy equipment and machinery essential for various construction, energy, and infrastructure projects.
Documentation and Compliance
Ocean shipping of project and breakbulk cargo requires significant documentation and compliance with various regulations. Documents include customs documentation, safety certificates, and environmental permits.
Logistics and Planning
Effective logistics and planning are critical to the success of shipping project components. Ocean shipping involves coordinating multiple parties, including suppliers, shipping companies, stevedores, and cargo surveyors.
Transporting and Loading
Transporting and loading large, heavy equipment and machinery can be troublesome. It is essential to install the lashing points, then use specialized equipment and techniques to load the cargo onto the vessel.
Charterers and carriers need to carefully coordinate with port agents, stevedores, and terminals to effectively and timely execute operations. Mistakes can be really costly at this point, as loading these types of cargoes require special equipment that needs to be properly booked and have the right people to operate.
Timing and Schedule
Timing and schedule are critical factors in shipping projects and breakbulk cargo. A comprehensive understanding of the carrier’s performance will help avoid unexpected delays. Use this information to select a shipping company with a proven track record of meeting tight deadlines and delivering cargo on time.
In conclusion, shippers of projects and breakbulk cargo must carefully consider solutions that solve a unique set of challenges that ensure successful delivery. By addressing these challenges head-on and working in a collaborative platform, shippers can overcome them and ensure on-time and budget delivery of their projects.