International major transport is maritime because it is more economic as bigger quantity of merchandise is shipped.
Our extensive background in this area allows the development of our clients’ maritime operations to be door to door aided also by the support of our extensive worldwide logistic partners.
Our customers demand is focused on the Middle East, Far East and South America. Accordingly, we are able to offer very competitive quotes for these destinations. Other equally important areas are the Mediterranean, North and West Africa. North and Central America operations are also performed daily.
MARITIME MERCHANDISE TRAFFIC CLASSIFICATION
- FCL (DRY, REEFER, SPECIAL)
- NCL (Non-Containerised Load)
FCL (Full Container Load)
ISO containers are the most used format in maritime traffic due to their standardization. The most common container types are :
- DRY: 20/40/40 HC/45 HCPW: Dry cargo: machinery, ceramic tiles, raw materials, non-perishables, etc. Dry containers afford water tightness.
- REEFER: 20 RF/40 RF/40 HRF: Temperature control: the aim of these containers is to maintain specific ambient conditions (temperature, humidity and ventilation) in their inside for the conservation of the goods.
- SPECIAL: 20 OT/40 OT/40 HC-OT, 20&40 Open Side, 20 & 40 Flat Rack. This sort of containers is used for the cargoes that are unable to be carried in STANDARD DRY containers due to size, weight or packing features. They are also used for goods whose handling, loading and stowage must be done with handling equipment which prevent the usual door.
It is worth to mention that the ISOTANK is considered a special container due to the state of the matter: liquid or gas.
LCL (Less than Container Load) & CONSOLIDATED (LCL/FCL – FCL/LCL)
Maritime groupage consists of several shippers using a part of the container till their filling. These shared loadings allow for reasonable transport costs when the container capacity would not be fully utilized.
There are currently some regular lines of maritime groupage to the main international ports worldwide.
Should the international logistical operation be the result of joint loading by several shippers, we have the required resources to consolidate these cargos into a full container, reducing total costs of consignment for exporters and importers.
The IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) regulates the maritime transport of hazardous and potentially dangerous substances. Articles are considered dangerous for transport when representing an important risk to health, security or damage to property. Through these regulations the safety conditions of the dispatch are guaranteed, protecting the environment, preventing accidents, personal harm and damage to the transport asset used.
RO-RO (Roll On – Roll Off)
When the merchandise to be shipped is rolling/wheeled (vehicles, agricultural machinery, etc.), the logistic solutions are provided by RO/RO vessels that allow the loading and offloading via ramps, either through self-propelled or not.
RO/RO platforms are known internationally as MAFIs, they are carried by distribution tractors from the pier to the inside of the vessels. These MAFI are a steel platform similar to the containers platform but having wheels turning them into a wheeled unit but not self-propelled.
Classified as follows:
- Solid or dry bulk products. Cereal, minerals or raw materials, wood, etc are typically loaded into bulk carriers which are vessels designed for the carriage of these materials.
- Liquid bulk such as oils for alimentary use or fuel. These are transported in especially designed deposits or tanks.
NCL (Non-Containerised Load)
Heavy or voluminous cargoes that cannot be transported by containers. They require another different solution like cargo holds or main deck stowing on board these vessels.
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