Finding a shipping company able to transport cargo efficiently and securely can be a challenge. Transporting cargo around the world by vessel is a specialist endeavour that combines logistical precision, highly-skilled labour, and custom machinery.
Understanding the ins and outs of the services and operations of a shipping company can make it easier for customers to identify the exact assistance required to ship their cargo. What follows is a brief explanation of the the most common shipping methods.
Shipping Company Transportation Options
A good shipping company will offer transportation for multiple types of cargo. The most common cargo options are breakbulk, bulk, container, roll on/roll off, and lift on/lift off.
Breakbulk is a term used to refer to cargo that is loaded and unloaded unit by unit. Prior to the introduction of container shipping in the 1960s, breakbulk was one the most common forms of transportation and it continues to be used for some types of cargo. Breakbulk items are typically packaged in boxes or crates, or bundled together on pallets.
Bulk cargo, on the other hand, is unpackaged and shipped loose. Bulk cargo cannot be strapped down and is not transported in containers of any kind. Common types of bulk cargo are grain, oil, soybean meal, and coal. Such cargo is typically transported in vast quantities and loaded and unloaded by buckets or poured in and out using spouts.
Container shipping is perhaps the most commonly known form of transportation. Large oblong metal sea containers are loaded onto the vessel by a crane in the port. The containers will be packed prior to loading either at the port itself or beforehand. Sea containers can easily be transferred between vehicles, from train to truck to vessel, and their regular size and shape make them easier to stack. For these reasons, containers are one of the most efficient forms of modern transportation.
Roll on/roll off shipping refers to the process of loading and unloading vehicles and cargo loaded onto trailers. Roll on/roll off cargo is driven onto the vessel, secured for travel, and then driven off at the port of destination.
Lift on/lift off is possible on vessels equipped with onboard cranes. The cranes are used to lift the cargo on and off. Vessels with lift on/lift off capabilities have the advantage of being able to load and unload in ports that are not fitted with dockside cargo handling equipment.
Shipping Company Routes
Shipping companies often only operate on specific shipping routes and typically specialise in a particular region. Here at Nirint, we specialise in shipping between Europe and the Caribbean. We also ship between Asia and the Caribbean and between Canada and the Caribbean.
A map of all the shipping routes we operate on can be viewed here. Our routes have set ports of call but we are always able to adapt and add additional stops to accommodate the particular needs of a customer.
The Nirint Shipping Company
As an experienced shipping company, we are certain we can handle any and all shipping requirements. Contact us today if you would like more information about Nirint Shipping or to discuss the requirements of your cargo and receive a quotation.