Key differences between conventional and break bulk cargo: What is the best option for your company?

In maritime transport there are two main types of cargo: conventional and break bulk. Both have key differences in terms of packaging, handling, and logistical requirements.

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Conventional cargo, also known as general cargo, refers to products that are transported loose or in individual non-containerized units. This includes items such as heavy machinery, steel products, lumber, and other bulky or irregularly shaped items. Break bulk cargo, on the other hand, refers to goods that are transported individually and are not included in a standard container, such as wind turbine blades. These are loaded, unloaded, and handled piece by piece at the port. What are the main differences between these two models?

  • Packaging: conventional cargo usually requires less packaging than break bulk cargo, as the products may be more robust and less susceptible to damage during transport.
  • Handling: break bulk cargo requires more intensive handling, as each item must be loaded and unloaded individually, whereas conventional cargo can be loaded more efficiently using specialized machinery.
  • Cost: break bulk loading tends to be more costly in terms of labor and handling due to its more labor-intensive nature, whereas conventional loading can offer savings in terms of loading and unloading efficiency.
  • Flexibility: conventional cargo can better adapt to a variety of shapes and sizes of goods, while break bulk cargo can be more limited in this respect.

Based on their peculiarities, what is the best option depending on the type of company? On the one hand, for companies that handle heavy or irregularly shaped products, conventional cargo may be the best option due to its ability to accommodate a wide variety of goods. For companies that need to transport valuable products or those that require delicate handling, such as wind energy companies or those that manufacture long pipelines for gas pipelines, break bulk loading is preferable due to the individualized attention the goods receive during the loading and unloading process.

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