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.

Did you know that the WW Ocean handling equipment fleet consists of some 8,000 units of purpose-built equipment specially designed to carry breakbulk cargo?

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RolltrailerRoll trailers

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 bogiesMulti-purpose Bogies (MPB)

MPBs are perfect for long, narrow cargo of up to 140 tonnes 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 of between six and 18 metres in length, MPBs are typically used for rail cars, fabricated beams, compact generators and transformers.

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heavy lift trailerSamson 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 cargo such as transformers, generators and turbine rotors. 

jackupsBlocks and beams

For the heaviest breakbulk, jack-up trailers with blocks and beams can be configured to suit the cargo 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 cargo like large transformers, generators, boilers, tunnel boring machines and hydraulic press machines.

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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. Cargo 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.

Learn more about how to choose a breakbulk carrier.

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. Interested in setting sail with us in 2019?