Loading, stowing and discharging breakbulk cargo are delicate operations which demand both experienced personnel and purpose-built equipment. Whatever your breakbulk needs, WWL can supply the equipment necessary to ensure that your cargo is handled in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

As the world’s most experienced RoRo breakbulk carrier, WWL has unmatched expertise in handling high, heavy and long loads, which is reflected throughout our cargo handling equipment fleet.

With the world’s most breakbulk-capable RoRo vessels, even experienced logisticians may be surprised by the cargo we can carry:

  • Up to 6.1 metres high
  • Up to 12 metres wide
  • Up to 400 tonnes in weight

Roll trailers

The workhorse of our equipment fleet, roll trailers have been developed for cargo up to 140 tonnes. Roll trailers are simply towed on and off the vessel. Roll trailers are suited to all kinds of breakbulk up to 28 metres in length, from machine tools to crane counter-weights. WWL also offers a wide range of specialised low profile and railed roll trailers.

Multi-Purpose Bogies (MPB)

MPBs are especially suitable for long, narrow cargo up to 140 tonnes and are typically used in pairs. Depending on the cargo, they can be fitted with rails or connected to create a lighter duty version of a Samson trailer. Suited for cargo of between 6 and 18 metres in length, MPBs are typically used for rail cars, fabricated beams, compact generators and transformers.

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Samson heavy-lift trailer

An original WWL design, the Samson heavy-lift trailer isideal for breakbulk up to 220 tonnes. They are available in 8, 12 and 16 metre variations, ensuring there’s always a perfect fit for your needs. These trailers are typically used for smaller, heavy equipment such as transformers, generators and turbine rotors. 

Jack-up trailer with blocks and beams

For the heaviest of breakbulk, Jack-up trailers are configured to suit the cargo being shipped. The unit, which can handle RoRo cargo of up to 400 tonnes, is stowed on blocks and beams during terminal storage and on board the vessel. Example cargo includes transformers, generators, boilers, tunnel boring machines and hydraulic press machines. 

Bolsters

Designed for smaller breakbulk up to 23 tonnes that isn’t suitable for stowing directly on a vessel deck, bolsters can be collected by customers for stuffing at their own premises. Once shipped, the receiver can pick up the loaded bolsters at the terminal in the discharge port. Bolsters are brought on and off vessels with forklifts or on trailers. This is an ideal solution for steel plates and coils, small yachts, crates and machinery.

A combination of equipment

Although this range of equipment fits most requirements, breakbulk by its varied nature can sometimes require novel solutions.

Freight forwarder Honor Worldwide Logistics needed to move a 34-metre-long pipe-shaped component from Galveston, Texas, to Singapore, where it would be used as a testing chamber for deep drilling tools in the oil exploration business.

The solution proposed by WWL involved the combined use of its multipurpose bogies (MPB) and roll trailers to transport the oil component through the port and onto the vessel securely.

Read the full story: Novel solution for crucial oil industry cargo transit

WWL operates the largest and most breakbulk-capable RoRo fleet in the world and offers a full range of cargo carrying solutions.

Breakbulk has always been, and will always be a priority business for WWL.

Our global network reach, local knowledge of ports worldwide, and liner service with high frequency schedules, provide safe and smart solutions at the lowest total transport cost.