Loading, stowing and discharging breakbulk cargo are delicate operations which demand both experienced personnel and purpose-built equipment. Whatever your breakbulk needs, WW Ocean 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, WW Ocean has unmatched expertise in handling high, heavy and long loads, which is reflected throughout our cargo handling equipment fleet.

The fleet consists of some 8,000 units. This includes 4,600 roll trailers, ranging from 20 to 82 feet. Only touching the handling equipment when the cargo is rolled on and positioned on board, the risk of damage is minimal compared to lifting units onto a vessel.

Learn more: WW Ocean's breakbulk solutions are safe, fast and cost-efficient

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

RolltrailerRoll 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. WW Ocean also offers a wide range of specialised low profile and railed roll trailers.

multi purpose bogiesMulti-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.

Learn more: 5 reasons to choose RoRo for your heavy breakbulk

heavy lift trailerSamson heavy-lift trailer

An original WW Ocean design without an attractive alternative elsewhere, 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. 

jackupsJack-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. 

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Bolsters

Designed for 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.

Download: Everything you need to know about WW Ocean's breakbulk services

A combination of equipment

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

BreakbulkFreight 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 WW Ocean 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 more: Novel solution for crucial oil industry cargo transit

WW Ocean 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 WW Ocean.

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.