Extra Large Vehicle Shipping

Extra Large Vehicle Shipping or cargo shipping using special equipment is a much more complex shipping method than a normal containerized load. We need to know all of the specifics and dimensions of the vehicle to ascertain which type of shipping method is required for the abnormal load. This also allows us to determine which is the most cost effective method.

When you have cargos, which are too big to fit inside our standard 20Ft, 40Ft or 40Ft High Cube containers, then we project manage these types of cargo. It would then fall under either Break-Bulk-Type shipments or simply Project Cargo. An example of an abnormal load is possibly when the cargo you are wanting to ship is too large to fit on a single 40’Ft FlatRack OR it’s too wide / high OR too large (clumsy) to be put onto a trailer and into the Door-Entry of a RoRo vessel. In this case, the cargo will be loaded across multiple flatracks and secured properly by abnormal load professionals to ensure that your cargo has maximum safety and security for each and every Project Cargo.

Seabrook doesn’t have a “yes-we-can” or “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, we believe that by working closely with our customers, as your business evolves, we are able to develop our services to match your needs. That way we can truly offer a tailor made range of services: whatever you want to ship, wherever you want to ship. Building a productive and long-lasting relationship with our clients is of the utmost importance to us. Our expert team will ensure that even the most delicate cargo is in safe hands.

Before making a booking to export any cargo that falls into this category it would be best to have written consent from the clearing agency in the country of discharge, stating the handling and clearing of the relevant cargo. The shipping liners take the shipment of special equipment much more seriously than other shipments and they will not allow the booking to take place without the above mentioned procedure in place. We can assist you with this process.

On the technical side of things, the loading of cargoes onto special equipment is a much more complicated process than loading vehicles into a container, especially the paperwork. Seabrook Forwarding and Handling is a vehicle shipping agent who specialize in the loading multiple vehicles, special equipment and all shipping methods.

The OOG (out of gauge) charges on special equipment is dependent on the amount that the cargo is abnormal, or more specifically, is too wide, too high or too long. If for instance you ship a t-type 15ft long 4ft wide pipe structure that is used in large sewers or a fairly sized boat, it would be almost a completely different consignment than vehicle shipping. As the storage levels on the top-end of the container would be reduced in this regard, The OOG ratings would ensure the cost to ship your normal truck-front rate be 4 – 5 times more.

Examples of shipping large vehicles are:

  • Trucks
  • Camper Van
  • Motorhomes
  • Busses
  • Military Vehicles
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Yachts
  • Oil Exploration Machinery / Equipment

When shipping BreakBulk OR Project Cargo with Seabrook, our customers can benefit from a wide range of services including:

1. Loading, lashing, strapping and securing of the cargo at your origin port or nearest depot.
2. Inland collection and local transportation / Relocation using a wide variety of equipment.
3. Arrangement of all Police required documentation for transportation modes regarding inland relocation for abnormal cargoes.
4. Seriously competitive rates
5. Customs clearance and documentation

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide our customers with the perfect solution every time!

Let’s take a look at an example of shipping a large vehicle using special equipment:

SA Shipment of a large truck from Cape Town into Africa.

This instance one of our clients wanted to ship an Iveco Stralis 480 truck from Cape Town Port to an African country. We arranged the legal documentation requirements for the export permit, SA Police Clearance, RPC forms and all the necessary documents to effectively clear customs on both sides.

The vehicle’s physical dimensions did not allow for it to be loaded into a 40’Ft Dry/HC container as the width was OOG (Out-Of-Gauge). There are certain OOG-type based penalties which are to be queried by the Shipping Liner for every shipment regarding special equipment.

Since it was too big for a normal container, the next option was a 40FT Open Top container, however this wouldn’t work either because the vehicle’s physical dimensions didn’t cater for the OpenTop container’s sides, which are the same standard width of 2.35m. The solution was therefore to use a 40’Ft FlatRack container, which is essentially a large container base upon which we can secure a vehicle to.

The strapping used was 5000kg heavy duty 50m long ratchet straps. The length allows the same strap to be rolled over the unit multiple times for more security, before tightening with the ratchet. Special equipment loads are loaded at the end of any vessel load and is usually non-stackable. As the container has an open top we protect the vehicle by securing a heavy duty weather sail over your cargo. This ensures that the vehicle is completely weather proof.

Our decades of shipping experience gives us the ability to transport large, heavy and irregular sized cargo!

The flat rack shipping method in this case proved to be far cheaper than RORO (Roll-on-Roll-off) shipping and we did not incur the relocation costs from CPT to DBN.

Whether you’re shipping yachts, oil-well equipment, heavy machinery or anything in between, we can work with you to ensure that your requirements are met. Get in touch with our expert teams!

Open top containers are particularly suitable for bulky cargo such as machinery as they allow for loading of the vehicle via the open top. They are manufactured from corrugated steel and have wooden floors to properly secure your cargo.They are also fitted with a PVC tarpaulin cover and attachable bows with cable sealing devices. The door header can also be swung out to make the stuffing of cargo more convenient.

The cost of shipping with an open top is usually the price of the standard 20 foot or 40 foot container plus an additional cost charged at the destination for being open top. The Out-of-Gauge price depends on the route and the destination’s demand for returning the container with merchandise. These prices are fixed whenever the load does not protrude above the container canvas. If protruding, however, the price can fluctuate enormously as you are then unable to stack containers above it, which will reduce the amount of containers that the shipping vessel can accommodate and thus making it less economic.

Normally used to transport the following:

Tall cargoes, which meet the dimensional criteria for a standard 20Ft or 40Ft container, but might be too high.
Used for “narrow-enough”: trucks, busses or coaches which have an abnormal height.

Very heavy machinery which might have to be loaded with a small gantry crane from the top instead of through the doors.

Flatracks are especially suited to heavy loads or cargo which require loading from the top or sides, such as pipes and machinery. OOCL offers collapsible and non-collapsible containers with or without walls. Manufactured from steel, flatrack containers also have a wooden floor bed and a fair amount of lash-rings on the sides to secure and fasten your cargo effectively. They come in 20 ft and 40 ft sizes.

When shipping over-sized containers, the physical dimensions and weight will determine which container-type will best accommodate your shipment. This information along with a detailed specification sheet or photographs of the cargo must be provided to Seabrook as the acting freight forwarder upon which our specialized team will provide you with a detailed assessment of the fees involved and will also provide a customized solution for your Project Cargo.

Normally used to transport the following:

Large, heavy and irregular cargoes
Cargoes which can absolutely not fit into any container with sides
Cargoes which do not fit into the door-entry of a RoRo-Type Vessel
Cargoes which are used for Industrial purposes.

So we offer:

Standard Container-type shipping – Anything which fits
Open Top Container shipping – Normally Boats / Yachts / Large Vehicles
FlatRack Container shipping – This becomes BreakBulk when there is 2 or more lashed together to create a ‘Platform” of some sorts to accomodate cargoes which are really big or irregular, like the T-junction type sewer pipe example used above.
RoRo-type Shipping – Mostly boats/Yacths / Large Vehicles.

Call our logistic representative from your shipping country of interest and get a competitive motor car shipping rate.

Request a Rate