Moving Out of Gauge Cargo: Finding the Best Transport Solutions
Out of gauge cargo refers to loads that exceed the standard dimensions and weight limits for containerised loads. Such cargo may be too wide, too long, too tall, or too heavy to fit into a standard container. Examples of out of gauge cargo include machinery, vehicles, oversized equipment, and construction materials.
Why is Transporting Out of Gauge Cargo Challenging?
Transporting out of gauge cargo poses several challenges, mainly because of the size and weight of the load. Standard trucks and trailers may not be able to accommodate such loads, and even if they do, they may require permits and special routes due to their dimensions.
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Understanding Out of Gauge Cargo
In today’s global economy, transporting goods across borders and seas has become increasingly important. However, some cargo can be too large, too heavy, or too irregularly shaped to fit into standard shipping containers or trailers. Such cargo is known as out-of-gauge (OOG) cargo. Transporting OOG cargo requires specialised equipment and transportation solutions to ensure safe and timely delivery.
Out of gauge cargo refers to shipments that exceed the standard dimensions or weight restrictions set by shipping companies or regulatory authorities. It includes oversized, overweight, or irregularly shaped cargo that cannot be transported in standard shipping containers or trailers. Examples of OOG cargo include large machinery, heavy construction equipment, wind turbines, and other oversized cargo.
Types of Transport Solutions for Out of Gauge Cargo
Several transport solutions are available for transporting OOG cargo. Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages and must be chosen based on cargo dimensions, weight, and delivery requirements.
1. Flat Rack Containers
Flat rack containers are specialized shipping containers with collapsible sides that allow for easy loading and unloading of OOG cargo. They are ideal for transporting cargo that exceeds the height or width of a standard container. Flat rack containers come in various sizes, including 20ft and 40ft, and can carry loads up to 45,000 kg. They are commonly used for shipping heavy machinery, vehicles, and large construction equipment.
2. Open Top Containers
Open-top containers are similar to standard shipping containers but with a removable tarpaulin roof. This allows for easy loading and unloading of oversized or bulky cargo, such as pipes, steel coils, and other irregularly shaped cargo. Open-top containers come in various sizes, including 20ft and 40ft, and can carry loads up to 28,000 kg.
3. Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) Ships
RoRo ships are specialized vessels designed for transporting wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, and heavy machinery. They have a ramp that allows for easy loading and unloading of cargo, and the cargo is secured in place during transit. RoRo ships are ideal for transporting large volumes of cargo over long distances.
4. Break Bulk Shipping
Break bulk shipping involves the transportation of non-containerized cargo, such as steel, lumber, and heavy machinery. The cargo is loaded and unloaded individually onto the ship’s hold, and cargo handling equipment is used to move the cargo on and off the ship. Breakbulk shipping is ideal for transporting cargo that is too large or too heavy to fit into standard shipping containers.
5. Flatbed Trailers
Flatbed trailers are specialized trailers designed for transporting oversized or bulky cargo. They have a flatbed with no sides or roof, allowing for easy loading and unloading of cargo. Flatbed trailers come in various sizes and can carry loads up to 48,000 kg. They are commonly used for transporting heavy machinery, steel products, and other large or oversized cargo.
6. Heavy-Lift Air Cargo
Heavy-lift air cargo involves the transportation of oversized or heavy cargo by air. Specialised cargo planes are used for this purpose, and the cargo is loaded and unloaded using cranes and other specialised equipment. Heavy-lift air cargo is ideal for transporting urgent or time-sensitive cargo over long distances.
Global Out of Gauge Transport Solutions
At Qube Cargo, we offer exceptional Worldwide haulage and multimodal logistics services that enable us to transport out of gauge loads to and from any location. With our strong relationships with numerous air carriers, we can also provide access to a range of cargo aircraft for air transportation to any part of the world.
Our sophisticated GPS technology allows us to track every single load, ensuring the safe and secure transportation of your cargo. As a result, you can rest assured that your out of gauge loads are in safe hands with us.
Specialised Out-of-Gauge Service for Break Bulk Cargo
If you’re looking to ship breakbulk cargo, you may be wondering about the best way to get it safely and securely to its destination. Here at Qube Cargo, we offer a fully integrated out-of-gauge service, making it easy for you to get the expert advice and handling you need for even the largest, most delicate cargo.
Local Knowledge and Experience for Seamless Service
Our trade service teams are equipped with excellent local knowledge and experience when it comes to handling oversized cargo on their respective trade routes. This means that you can expect seamless continuity with your local contact, and have the confidence that your cargo is always in safe hands. Our service is fully integrated throughout our business, so you can rely on us to provide you with top-notch service at every step of the way.
Trust Our Expertise for Your Out-of-Gauge Shipping Needs
When you choose our out-of-gauge service for your oversized cargo, you can benefit from a range of service features, including competitive fixed rates throughout your contract, cargo loading, lashing, and securing at your origin port or nearby depot, inland collection and deliveries with a range of ISO equipment, arrangement of police and inland transport notifications as and when required, and access to port storage facilities.
When it comes to shipping oversized or breakbulk cargo, you need a partner that you can trust to handle your precious cargo with care and expertise. With our fully integrated out-of-gauge service, you can rely on our specialized knowledge and experience to provide you with seamless service and peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more about our out-of-gauge service and how we can help you with your shipping needs.