I have worked as an equipment manager at WWL for more than a decade, and during that time – and long before that – WWL has been refining its broad portfolio of equipment and operational solutions for complex cargo.
Unlike other shipping solutions, which often include multiple lifting operations that may increase risk, we believe our RoRo solutions are safer and offer more flexibility to customers. By only touching the handling equipment when the cargo is gently rolled on and positioned on board, the risk of damage is minimal compared to lifting units onto a vessel.
Your shipment is secured because your cargo never leaves the ground once it is attached to our equipment.
We like to continually challenge ourselves to find transport solutions that utilise the full capacity of the vessel. Our customers can then benefit from our large fleet of vessels that are designed with a high main deck clearance, up to 7.1 metres, and ramp capacities up to 500 tonnes.
Close cooperation on complex cargo
The process always starts by getting as many details about the shipment as possible. Aside from details of dimensions and weights, our teams work with customers to design the best option for securing the cargo. This dialogue is critical since breakbulk by its nature can vary so much in size, weight and complexity, that no two solutions will be exactly the same.
Once we learn the details of the shipment, we determine if any of our standard equipment solutions can be used for the cargo. Standard solutions include rolltrailers in various capacities from 20ft to 80ft in length. For heavier cargo up to 220 tonnes, we make use of our Samson heavy-lift trailer, available in 8, 12 and 16-metre variations.
We have also developed our own multi-purpose bogies (MPBs). This is a flexible equipment platform suitable for a wide range of different cargo types, such as railcars, locomotives, small and medium-sized generators, and all types of long construction pieces.
A key advantage with our MPBs is that they offer flexibility in meeting different cargo and shipping requirements.
They create a more favourable weight distribution and reduce the impact of the cargo height for long and bulky cargo units compared with traditional rolltrailers. This gives you more vessels from our fleet to choose from, and therefore more options in meeting your target dates.
Bespoke solutions for breakbulk
If none of our standard equipment options are suitable for your breakbulk, we have the in-house engineering competence and experience to find a custom transport solution.
Once we know which solution we will use, or what we need to build, we then shift our focus to the logistics part. We get all the required equipment to the port of load. We then finalise the plans to ensure your cargo is smoothly moved onto and off the vessel. This can include calculating ideal ballast conditions and tidal times in order to minimize ramp angles. It is our attention to detail, before, during and after the voyage, that has given WWL a reputation as a high-quality carrier.
I am proud that our shipping solutions for breakbulk advance alongside the engineering industries.
As complex equipment becomes more innovative, so do we. We look forward to helping you with your next breakbulk shipment, in whatever form it takes.