There are multiple freight modes that we offer to our customers based on their needs and cargo specifications. Being an NVOCC (Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier), we have an option to hold service contracts with major shipping lines and reserve space at significantly lower rates through large volume commitments and relationships that we have built with our carriers for container freight, RORO, LOLO, Break Bulk, Barge, and Tanker. Below is a brief description of each type of carrier and types of cargos they carry.
Liner container freighters and multipurpose ships
Most Common Carriers’ have pre-set sailing schedules and standardized container equipment. Those carriers utilize 20’, 40’, 40HQ, 45’ and in some cases 53’ containers which carry most dry and frozen goods that can be loaded in the box. For overwidth and overheight cargos, liner carriers utilize Open Top Containers and Flat Racks. Cargo is limited to 38’ in Length 14’ in Height and 10’ in Width. Also most cargos over 50 tons would have to be loaded on a break bulk ship or multipurpose ships due to the limitation of port cranes.
RORO (Roll on Roll off) carriers are another example of liner services on pre set schedules. Most common carriers move self propelled cargos that do not exceed 18’ height and in most cases 16’ wide. RORO mostly do auto, truck, and light-heavy machinery transport. Static cargo can be moved on those vessels but due to handling, the cost is prohibitive.
LOLO (Lift on Lift off) is a typical project carrier with large bunks to accommodate static cargo that is oversized and typically overweight. Those Carries used to move large factories, windmills, airplanes, boats and other static cargo of such. Most of the ships are equipped with heavy cranes with lifting capacity that spans from 40-300 tons. Due to the specialized nature of the cargo that is typically moved on those vessels, they are the most expensive ocean going carrier and only used when conventional carriers cannot handle the freight.
Break Bulk, Barge, and Tankers are carriers that are specifically chartered for projects and do not typically have a regular schedule. Those vessels are utilized to ship bulk commodities such as grains, iron, petroleum products, lumber, and other such commodities. Barges are also commonly used to move project cargo along tight river canals or to the areas with limited infrastructure such as northern parts of Alaska and Russia.
Loading facilities and Warehouses
We have a network of warehouses and loading facilities in most ports of North America. All facilities have been inspected and trained to uphold the eservice level we provide to our customers.
Warehouses receive, store, and transload cargos. Through their infrastructure vendors set up distribution of the cargos through retail network or jobsites if the cargo is project related. Most cargos handled through warehouses are standard in gauge freight. For all oversized cargos we utilize loading facilities.
Loading facilities are specialized service providers equipped with heavy cranes and forklifts to handle project and oversized cargos. Unlike warehouses, loading facilities specialize in tear down and handling out-of-gauge freight. Typical projects include the tear down of large machinery, and semi trucks as well as transload and containerization of oversized freight.
Standard and Hazardous
All of our carriers are licensed and insured intermodal providers. We have a capacity to haul 20’, 40’, 45’ and even 53’ containers in most US regions. There are a few options for the container dray that we offer to accommodate our customer’s needs
Flat Bed, Oversized dray, common car carriers, and drive away carriers
This group of carriers is specialized in cargos that are large or heavy and cannot be loaded into standard dry van carrier.
Flat bed carriers are best for heavy and bulky cargo that is not palletized and cannot be easily loaded into a container or dry van. Flat beds can be standard, double drop, extendables, 20’, 28’ 40’ and 53’. Some flat beds are specialized and can extend up to 100’.
Car Carriers can carry up to 10 cars and come open and enclosed. Those are the most practical mode of auto transport and typically cost per car is very competitive.
Drive away carriers are best used when customer is relocating a fleet of trucks or over the road machinery and cranes. Those carriers send out a driver with trip permits and temporary insurance coverage for the move and drive vehicles that are being relocated. This is also a very efficient way of moving equipment but only practical with newer equipment in a great running condition.