Glossar Conventional shipping

This term originates from maritime shipping and is used for goods for which standardised transport in containers is not an option due to excessive dimensions, properties or excess weight. These goods can be for example special vehicles, machines or wind turbines as well as factory components transported by conventional shipping.

In addition, Conventional shipping is also interesting for the project cargo sector. This involves the transport of different but related goods as one complete consignment. Typical project shipments include production lines or machinery as well as equipment for a company relocation or a company foundation.

The transport options

During conventional shipping, either conventional carriers are used, some of which have heavy-lift gear for loading and unloading, or special heavy-lift carriers. Which transport option is the right choice is always determined on an individual basis and always depends on various factors relating to the goods.

The specialised heavy-lift carriers have very special heavy-lift cranes. These are normally mast or tower cranes that can handle loads of over 1000 tonnes. With their help, it is possible to load or unload very heavy goods safely and conveniently.

Preparation is essential

A Conventional shipping must always be very well prepared and planned down to the smallest detail. This is mainly due to the fact that it is not a standardised transport; the entire process, including the rules and guidelines to be observed, always depends on the actual project and the goods to be shipped.

Various factors, such as punctuality or customs clearance, play a particularly important role. Furthermore, this type of transport also places very high and special demands on the securing of the cargo. This is because the security of the container, i.e. the protective shell, is missing and any unwanted shifting of the cargo can quickly have serious consequences.