Cargo is considered to be out of gauge if it exceeds the standard dimensions of a container by length, width or height. Some examples of out of this can be machinery, vehicles, specialised artworks or mining equipment. It is important to select a dedicated project team that can offer solutions for all types of oversized cargo. When cargo is outside of the standard dimensions we encourage our clients to submit the complete dimensions, the weight and a picture or drawing (if available). Cargo details need to be submitted through to the ships planning department to determine suitability and approval. This can sometimes take a few days so we highly recommend that any OOG shipments be forecasted to your dedicated customer service member as early as possible. Read on to find out how you can be prepared for any challenges in your out of gauge cargo.
Types of OOG equipment
Open Top Containers (OT) are widely used for over height cargo, as they are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers. OT allow the cargo to be easily secured with lashing bars and bull rings. There is no real set limit on the height that an OT can take, however, lost slot fees are often implemented due to the incapacity of the ship to load any containers to the left, right or on top of the OT container.
Flat Rack Containers (FR) are another type of equipment commonly used for cargo that requires top or side loading. These containers are ideal for items such as heavy machinery. Since the FR is really just a platform without container sides to use as barriers or support, securing and lashing is often used to block your cargo in. This can attract additional fees.
Break Bulk Cargo (BBK) is often used for project cargo, such as farm equipment that does not fit into a standard shipping container. BBK cargo is safely lashed and loaded below deck on the vessel and is shipped loose in the vessels hold, not in a container. During the voyage, the cargo remains safe inside the lower deck of the ship.
The actual movement of OOG cargo is of course not limited to the above but we encourage you to work with a provider that specialises in moving this type of freight.