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Shipping Oversized Cargo

Shipping oversized cargo is a matter of detail, proper planning, execution and the cost will depend on the actual size of the freight, machinery or heavy equipment being transported.

So what is considered oversize freight? Well, simply put it's any cargo that doesn't fit inside a 40 foot shipping container.

Some machinery and equipment are just too wide, too tall or too long to fit the standard specifications for a container service.

Trying to figure out whether your cargo will fit requires knowing the standard shipping container dimensions as well as that of the cargo.

Most common large shipments consist of:

John Deere Industrial Sprayer on FlatRack

  • Machinery
  • Light Aircraft
  • Trucks
  • Boats
  • Trailers
  • Motorhomes, RVs

**The John Deere industrial sprayer above is one of the many larger shipments we've transported. In addition, one of our most recent projects was transporting a 60,000lb semi truck to Brisbane, Australia.

So if you are planning on shipping heavy equipment overseas, we are well equipped to handle any type of shipment through all stages of the process.

How Shipping Heavy Equipment and Cargo Works

There are a few different options to choose from. The following methods are the most popular ways of shipping oversize freight.

Flat Rack Shipping Method

This essentially uses a large container minus the walls and roof. It's common when shipping boats overseas, trucks, RVs and heavy machinery.

Often, these flat racks are the last items to be loaded onto a ship which means the cargo will generally be more exposed to the elements over the course of the sailing.

To combat this, especially with longer shipment durations, we shrinkwrap newer vehicles and equipment.

Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo)

Using the RoRo method for shipping oversize freight internationally is another option. This type of transport is cost effective and simple for large vehicles like trucks, motorhomes and RVs.

They are rolled onto the shipping vessel below deck and out of the elements. Generally, operators adhere to a 15-foot height restriction for the loading ramp going into the hull of the ship.

Lift-On Lift-Off (LoLo)

As it implies, transporting with lift on lift off is used for vessels that don't have storage in the hull. So the items, machines, or equipment are loaded onto the deck via crane.

Shipping oversized cargo that has been crated and vehicles that aren't running are quite common with this method.

For more information on shipping heavy equipment, contact one of our specialists today or visit our gallery section to see more projects!

Written by Damien Shields

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