The breakbulk toolkit: Which cargo handling equipment is right for you?
Whatever the size, scale and complexity of your breakbulk, WW Ocean has both the equipment and experience to handle and transport your cargo safely and efficiently. Learn more about our cargo handling equipment here.
The safe loading, stowing and discharge of breakbulk requires a combination of talented personnel and the latest customised cargo handling equipment. And while WW Ocean’s long history in handling high, heavy and long loads speaks volumes, so too does the wide range of equipment used to roll cargo on and off – some of which has been specially designed in-house. So which equipment is best-suited to your breakbulk needs? Read on to find out.
The Samson light consists of one set of MPBs which are connected together with a pushbar. The pushbars are designed to fit each cargo and is therefore available in several different lengths. This handling equipment has the same advantages as a regular MPB but it also offers two separate supporters and a heavy footprint, enabling the weight to be evenly distributed between the two bogies. The equipment is typically used for generators, transformers, rotors and heavy steam drums.
The workhorse of our equipment fleet, 4,600 roll trailers vary from 20 to 82 feet in length and have been designed to handle any type of breakbulk cargo of up to 140 tonnes and 28 metres in length. WW Ocean also offers a wide range of specialised low profile and railed roll trailers, too.
Multi-purpose Boogies (MPBs)
MPBs are perfect for long, narrow cargo of up to 140 tons and are used in pairs. They can be fitted with rails, a long platform or connected together to create a lighter duty version of a Samson trailer. Ideal for cargo between six and 18 meters in length makes the boogies ideal to be fitted with different attachments to create a roll trailer-like cargo carrier, which can be maneuvered from both ends. MPBs are typically used for rail cars, fabricated beams, generators, transformers and industrial tanks.
Samson heavy-lift trailer
An original WW Ocean design, the Samson heavy-lift trailer is ideal for breakbulk of up to 220 tonnes. Available in eight, 10 and 16-metre variations, these trailers are typically used for products such as transformers, generators and turbine rotors.
Blocks and beams
For the heaviest breakbulk, jack-up trailers with blocks and beams can be configured to suit the product in question. The units, which can handle up to 400 tonnes, are stowed on blocks and beams during terminal storage and onboard the vessel. This is an ideal way to handle products like large transformers, generators, boilers, tunnel boring machines and hydraulic press machines.
Designed for breakbulk of up to 23 tonnes that can’t be stowed on a vessel’s deck, bolsters help minimise the handling operation in the port, with several small pieces of cargo loaded on a bolster and forklifted onboard. Product types suitable for bolsters include steel plates and coils, small yachts, crates and machinery.
A combination of equipment
Although our equipment meets most requirements, breakbulk sometimes requires novel, outside-the-box solutions.
Breakbulk has always been a priority business for WW Ocean. Our global network, local port knowledge and regular RoRo liner service means we can provide safe and smart solutions at the lowest total transport cost.