Roll On/Roll Off & Project Cargo
Project cargo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_cargo) is the term used to describe large, heavy or high value shipments. Generally, project cargo involves moving oversized items across long distances using a variety of methods such as air freight (http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/air-cargo), shipping (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/complyhmregs.htm) and ground transportation (http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag484.htm).
BGI Worldwide Logistics is a leading domestic and international logistics company with an extensive network of carriers who can accommodate oversized shipments worldwide. BGI has a solid track record of safe and timely shipments of project cargo using Roll-On/Roll-Off or Ro/Ro services and Lift-On/Lift-Off or Lo/Lo services.
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How Does BGI Worldwide Handle Heavy Freight and Project Cargo?
"RoRo" vessels are ships that are specifically designed to handle large wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, and construction machinery. RORO vessels have built-in ramps that allow the rolling cargo to be driven or rolled on and off the vessel when in port. These ships pull up to a dock and lower a ramp allowing to be ‘rolled’ into the cargo bays of the ship. Ro/Ro is usually the safest and least expensive way to handle an oversized cargo item or special project cargo.
Lift-on/Lift off is another method for handling larger or over-sized cargo. Lift-on/Lift-off or Lo/Lo ships, sometimes referred to as multi-purpose ships, are vessels with onboard cranes that are used to load and unload cargo. Container ships usually have no onboard equipment to load or unload ocean containers and are dependent on port container cranes to load and unload. Lift-on/Lift/off vessels can operate from docks or ports without dockside handling equipment. BGI Worldwide Logistics understands how to maximize the relationships it has with Ro/Ro and Lo/Lo carriers to quickly move oversized or project cargo from one destination to another.
BGI moves a variety of oversize cargo including construction equipment like backhoes and earth movers, forklifts, heavy equipment and oversized or bulky items. These items are best moved using Ro/Ro or Lo/Lo methods as it would be time-consuming and cost-prohibitive to disassemble them for shipping and reassemble them on arrival.
How Does Heavy Freight Move Around the World?
From one door to another, the process of moving freight can utilize many methods of shipping. This is referred to as intermodal, or moving cargo using a variety of modes or methods.
There are several ways cargo can be moved across the country or around the world, including:
- Trucking (http://www.ccjdigital.com/ata-tia-leaders-keynote-transflo-user-conference/). Trucks are the primary method of moving freight domestically. When freight is ready to move from its point of origin to its destination, a truck is almost always involved in picking up the shipment from the company or place of origin and taking it to the rail yard, airport or dock for further transport. A truck is also used to move freight from the train, plane or ship to the destination.
- Rail (https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0362). Shipping by rail is usually the least expensive way to move goods over long distances when they can be moved without crossing large water boundaries. Rail shipping is a common way of moving domestic freight and of taking ocean containers to inland destinations. Trains offer the added benefit of having specially-constructed cars that can receive shipping containers without having to unpack or divide shipments. These containers can be moved directly from a ship to a train using a crane or other equipment and transported as is to its final destination.
- Ocean (http://www.mxsocal.org/MARITIME-INFORMATION/Maritime-Trade-Organizations.aspx). Ocean shipping companies and cargo ships must comply with a variety of rules set by not only the United States but other countries to which they ship. Carrying ocean freight can be a difficult proposition, particularly when ships travel across international boundaries. However, ocean shipping is one of the least expensive ways to move very heavy freight that may not be suitable for transport by air. Ocean shipping is often far more economically feasible than air transport, although it often takes much longer. Ocean transport costs will depend on the distance traveled by the ship, the type of cargo being processed and whether the ship must pass through international waters or can visit only domestic ports.
- Air (http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Home.aspx). Air transport is the fastest way to ship goods, but it is often the most expensive. For small packages, air transport may be cost effective. For larger goods, however, the premium price charged for air cargo space may make air shipping less feasible. Sometimes, however, air transport is required because of transit time requirements or the nature of the goods being shipped
Once cargo of any size has been moved to a major transportation hub, it is usually fairly easy to move it from that spot to its destination by rail and truck. However, effective shipping not only requires a knowledge of major transportation methods but the ability to move cargo quickly and efficiently from door-to-door using a secondary shipping methods as well.
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How Can BGI Worldwide Help Me Move Heavy Freight?
BGI Worldwide can provide ocean and air freight services for both domestic and international shipments. In fact, BGI specializes in international shipments and moving products across the globe safely and effectively. Once the shipment arrives at the port or airport, BGI Worldwide can also provide truck delivery (http://www.bgiworldwide.com/freight-ltl-ftl-trucking/) for all cargo to any location in the United States, making this a true "door-to-door" delivery company. BGI Worldwide also offers full logistics services including customs clearance, handling insurance issues, working with multimodal shipping and securing the fastest and most cost effective shipping choices for customers.
BGI Worldwide offers the following container types and sizes for convenience in moving large loads:
- 20’ & 40’ Standard. These are standard sized shipping containers that can accommodate up to 44,000 pounds of cargo. For large or heavy cargo that will reach the maximum weight before filling the container, these containers may be suitable
- 40’ High Cube. This is one of the largest shipping containers available and can accommodate up to 44,000 pounds of cargo. For the large or bulky shipments, this container may be suitable.
- 20’ & 40’ Open Top. An open top container does not have a solid roof. Instead, these containers come with a removable tarp top that can be lashed down with ropes. This gives the container flexibility in handling oddly-shaped cargo and can be loaded from the top
- 20’ & 40’ Flat Rack. A flat-rack container has open sides that allow over-sized or difficult to load commodities placed most effectively. Flat-rack containers are appropriate for goods that are waterproof or require minimal protection.
- 20’ & 40’ Reefers or refrigerated containers. Refrigerated containers are appropriate for goods that must be kept chilled to prevent spoilage. Many food items and medical supplies are shipped in refrigerated containers.
The experienced professionals at BGI Worldwide Logistics act as a partner to anyone who needs import (http://www.bgiworldwide.com/import-trade-services/), export (http://www.bgiworldwide.com/export-transportation-services/) or customs (http://www.bgiworldwide.com/exporting-customs-clearance/) clearance assistance.
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