August 24, 2015

Terminology: Various Ship Types

Hundreds of different types of cargo are moved by ship and therefore, a number of types of ship have been designed to carry the cargoes. Some are designed to carry containers filled with all sorts of cargo – bales of wool, drums of chemicals, boxes of car parts, cartons of […]
November 12, 2015


   Before containerisation Cargo used to be loaded using slings, nets, pallets (wooden boards on which cargo is placed),  and other equipment Slings and nets were typical cargo handling techniques used for ships like this. Using the so-called “break-bulk” method of cargowork, Individual items of cargo had to be handled, often […]
November 12, 2015

Containerisation Part 2

Container shipments Here are some more terms that apply to cargo shipments: Shipper : The person or company that sends the cargo. Consignee : The person or company that receives the cargo. Full container load (FCL)  One shipper has cargo in this container. One consignee will receive all the cargo in this […]
November 13, 2015

What is a bulk carrier?

Bulk carriers (bulkers) carry dry bulk cargoes: i.e. cargoes that can be handled by conveyor systems, chutes, grabs, or skips, e.g. minerals, grain, fertiliser, bulk sugar. Some bulkers carry neo-bulk cargoes: i.e. cargoes that are made up of a large number of individual pieces, but that can fill holds. e.g. […]
November 16, 2015

Types of Bulk Carriers

Capesize Bulkers Because they are so large, some bulk carriers cannot pass through the Suez Canal fully laden and are also too large for the Panama Canal. When fully laden, they have to round the Cape on voyages from Australia to Europe, hence the term Capesize Bulkers. The general characteristics […]