Breakbulk Carriers

Breakbulk Carriers

Many ship types can carry breakbulk cargoes, including multipurpose/heavy-lift ships, bulkers, ro-ro, container and module/open-deck carriers. Which ships carry what cargo depends on cargo size, amounts, weight and complexity, and other factors such as schedules and ports, cost, and land transport considerations.

News & Analysis

14 Sep 2020
In a three-tiered market, F-types hold their own, high-end MPV/HL ships reap the rewards of DP systems and super-heavy cranes, while lower-geared, less specialized ships suffer.
24 Aug 2020
Despite a COVID-19-driven construction slowdown and a complex permitting regime, the second wave of breakbulk cargo will soon begin delivery to the $40 billion LNG Canada project.
12 Aug 2020
While the oil and gas sector has pulled back dramatically from early 2020 capital spending plans, the low bunker fuel prices that have also come with global oil demand destruction have helped to control costs.
05 Aug 2020
Bulk carrier Scorpio and specialized oil and gas heavy load carrier OHT shift toward the offshore wind industry as the sector is poised to expand by 270 percent.
31 Jul 2020
The heavy equipment manufacturer saw second-quarter sales tumble 42 percent in North America as the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis crushed end-user demand.
17 Jul 2020
The low-speed collision in the Welland Canal, which links Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, damaged both vessels, but did not cause any injuries or pollution.
16 Jul 2020
As a project cargo pipeline "hole" looms thanks to retrenchment in the oil and gas sector, slow scrapping and newbuilding orders are not enough to cure sector over-tonnage.
02 Jul 2020
BBC Chartering CEO Ulrich Ulrichs said in a JOC Uncharted interview that the MPV/HL fleet should brace for higher operating costs and further consolidation, similarly to the global container fleet.
26 Jun 2020
Despite a difficult business environment, new MPV/HL carrier KOGA Shipping is growing its client base as it enters the US Gulf-Caribbean market, according to CEO Fernando Maruri.
24 Jun 2020
Oil price volatility and the related pullback on capital investment is affecting cargo volumes, primarily on the onshore oil and gas side; offshore effects will take longer to flow through the project supply chain.
16 Jun 2020
Hit hard by COVID-19, a "patchwork" of high and heavy cargoes keeps the market afloat after a sharp drop in imports across the US’ top ro-ro ports.
04 Jun 2020
MPV/HL carrier AAL’s Asia–Europe service, which has filled a vacuum created by the demise of Zeamarine, is seeing relatively strong demand despite a pandemic-hampered market.
03 Jun 2020
Russia's spring thaw allows Combi Lift and SAL to begin delivery of project cargo for a massive Siberian gas project.
02 Jun 2020
Blockchain-based electronic bills of lading can simplify shipping hurdles created when the effects of COVID-19 hamper travel and restrict normal processes.
21 May 2020
The massive demand destruction in the oil sector has triggered billions of dollars in capex cuts, shrinking the project cargo pipeline.
15 May 2020
BBC Chartering's CEO sees a rough course ahead amid COVID-19, but a stronger MPV/HL segment in the long run.
27 Apr 2020
Intermarine will serve as exclusive commercial agent in North America for United Heavy Lift, though UHL ships are not expected to operate in Intermarine's liner services.
27 Apr 2020
Dutch carrier Spliethoff expands its multipurpose/heavy-lift fleet and opens an office in Singapore.
14 Apr 2020
Toepfer's Multipurpose Index falls as COVID-19 effects hamper trade and plummeting oil prices shrink capital investments.
08 Apr 2020
A global economy hammered by pandemic control measures and an oil price war is bad news for the MPV/HL sector, maritime consultancy Drewry reports.
01 Apr 2020
Cosco delivered a 3,700-mt bridge to Sweden even as the oil price crash hamstrings the spot market for the heavy transport sector.
23 Mar 2020
Global car and roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group is laying up ships and sending others to the scrap yard to preserve cash and liquidity as the spread of coronavirus causes automotive production to shut down worldwide.
11 Mar 2020
As export markets in China thaw following the reopening of manufacturing facilities closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), project owners face short-term vessel shortages and carriers fear a potential drop in demand due to falling oil prices.
28 Feb 2020
Multipurpose carrier G2 Ocean is expanding in Africa and Asia to support the joint venture company’s quest to double project cargo’s contribution to annual revenues.
27 Feb 2020
Project cargo bound for industrial projects is trapped in China due to measures to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), triggering project delays and endangering a normally reliable cargo market.
19 Feb 2020
MPV/HL carrier Zeamarine files for insolvency in Bremen court as the Zea Gold is arrested for bunkers on board.
13 Feb 2020
Within just a few days in early December, Bremen-based multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) carrier Zeamarine saw the sudden departure of founder Jan-Hendrik Többe and CCO Dominik Stehle, prompting the firm to bring in restructuring expert Sven Lundehn.
10 Feb 2020
Evolution continues in the MPV/HL fleet as AAL adds a global semi-liner service and an ex-Zeamarine executive plans a new US Gulf breakbulk service.
Intermarine brand resurrected in Zeamarine restructuring
30 Jan 2020
Richard Seeg has been named CEO of the newly-revived Intermarine brand, which will operate the Americas Line project and breakbulk cargo service out of Houston and New Orleans.
22 Jan 2020
Zeamarine sheds its most modern ships as United Group strengthens its position in a slowly improving market.
21 Jan 2020
Economic uncertainty eases, but overcapacity and changes in fleet makeup continue to pressure the MPV/HL sector.
17 Jan 2020
German super-heavy carrier SAL announces C-suite additions and a digitization push as the outlook for 2020 stabilizes.
07 Jan 2020
The Port of Duluth-Superior sees growth opportunities in wind, breakbulk, and project cargo, and is investing heavily in Clure Terminal.
27 Dec 2019
A busy renewable energy sector and stable oil and gas markets have collided with persistent overcapacity in the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector, causing rate growth to sputter and stall.
20 Dec 2019
Harren & Partner, owner of heavy-lift carrier SAL, has purchased three secondhand ships and is also testing an innovative combustion system for retrofitting on other ships in the fleet.