There are several different options for ocean transport of breakbulk cargo. If you’re currently weighing up those options, this handy checklist will help you ask the right questions about voyage, capacity, support and cost to ensure you pick the best option for shipping your breakbulk cargo. 

How to read this? Three dots (●●●) are a high score, two dots (●●) are a medium score, and one (●) are a low score. 

Voyage 

  LoLo Container WW Ocean
Frequency ●●● ●●
A high frequency allows for better flexibility. Many of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Oceans customers work with complex equipment that is shipped on a regular basis. Choosing a RoRo liner service means that you know there will always be a departure waiting for your cargo, as it rolls off the production line.
Network capacity ●●● ●●●
A wide range of origins and destinations allow for the best routing. WW Ocean’s liner network is a fixed schedule that covers the world’s most important shipping routes and ports.
Schedule reliability ●●● ●●●
Instead of stand-by agreements with other suppliers, a fixed date can be set. With WW Ocean, departures are guaranteed and you’ll know exactly when and where your cargo will arrive.
Transit time ●●● ●●
Transit time has a high influence on capital costs.

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Capacity

  LoLo Container WW Ocean
Freedom of size ●●● ●●
The weight and dimensions of your cargo alone may be enough to dictate your best option. Bulky and awkward-sized cargo is more difficult to handle and requires special attention.
Heavy lift capacity ●●● ●●●
The vessel must be able to withstand the weight of the cargo. Consider also how your cargo could withstand the pressures involved with heavy lifting. If your route involves transhipment, your breakbulk needs to cope with complex lifting operations.
Port of Call capacity ●●● ●●
Quay strenght must be sufficient to withstand the weight of both cargo and equipment.

Learn more: Reduce cost and risk with RoRo

Support

  LoLo Container WW Ocean
Customer support, heavy lift knowledge ●●● ●●
Having a single knowledgable point of contact in all questions significantly speeds up the process.
Engineering support ●●● ●●●
Understanding every aspect of the move and how to secure it during the voyage is vital to cargo integrity.
Familiarity with heavy lift moves ●●● ●●
Heavy lift moves and projects have their own routines and all parties need to know standard customs and requirements.

Read more: Roro: A viable alternative to LoLo and container

Costs

  LoLo Container WW Ocean
Handling costs ●●● ●●
Crane and port charges in port of load and port of discharge are part of the total cost picture.
Ocean freight costs ●● ●●● ●●
Pure ocean freight costs, including surcharges, add to the total cost picture.
Quality of cargo handling ●● ●●●
Damages to the cargo have a major impact on the supply chain and total costs.
Risk of delay ●● ●●
Almost all heavy lift moves are time sensitive and hefty penalties can occur if the cargo is not delivered in time. While RoRo departures are guaranteed, the LoLo option include the risk of delays or changes to the route at the last minute.
Total cost transparency ●● ●●●
The total cost of your shipment goes way beyond the quoted ocean rate. Understanding what cost elements contribute in what way to the total cost picture saves you from nasty surprises.
WW Ocean’s fleet of RoRo vessels have carried heavy breakbulk for decades.

The liner service offers some clear benefits for shipping heavy breakbulk when compared to LoLo and container options, and we are confident we offer the best fleet, the best processes and the best quality.