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

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.
19 Dec 2019
The Gearbulk/Grieg Star G2 Ocean partnership will continue to build its project cargo business as the JV transitions in its executive ranks, with the departure of chief executive Rune Birkeland at year-end.
The Zeamarine Hamburg, formerly the Rickmers Hamburg, loading pipe modules.
17 Dec 2019
German tax and crisis management expert Sven Lundehn has been brought in to manage the Bremen-based carrier, as top executives leave and founder Jan Hendrik Többe makes an exit.
09 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part three of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a look at how SAL Heavy Lift manages its business, which is seeing a boost in vessel use this year from energy projects.
05 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part two of a six-part special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a peek behind the curtain at BBC Chartering, which boasts the largest fleet in the sector.
The 14,000 dwt Zea Focus, one of the F-900 ships that will be moving South Flank cargo.
21 Nov 2019
Harmonizing Zeamarine's liner and tramp services is high on new regional director's list of priorities.
06 Nov 2019
Carrier G2Ocean says it plans to double the project cargo portion of total revenues by 2023.
Cosco Heavy Transport, Dongbang to partner on large projects
01 Nov 2019
Cooperation between super-heavy carriers is a sign of a strengthening project market.
The AAL Dampier loading petrochemical plant components at Pyeongtaek for delivery to a petrochemical plant site at Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The cargo was more than 15,000 cbm and included an 86-meter-long pressure vessel weighing close to 360 mt.
02 Oct 2019
Multipurpose/heavy-lift carrier AAL adds tonnage and adopts a new transaction management system.
The Zea Focus, delivered in April 2019, loading project cargo.
02 Oct 2019
C-suite changes continue at the Bremen-based multipurpose/heavy-lift carrier Zeamarine.
Second-hand multipurpose/heavy-lift sales gaining ground
24 Sep 2019
MPP sales and purchases are unfreezing as faith in the market builds and capacity remains tight, according to Toepfer Transport.
JOC Top 40 container carrier rankings first half 2019
16 Sep 2019
Container carriers in the slowing US import and export trades are exercising increased discipline, maintaining capacity levels rather than introducing new vessels in an attempt to secure a larger share of the market.
20 Aug 2019
Ulrich Ulrichs takes the helm of prominent global MPV/HL carrier BBC Chartering as Svend Andersen steps down.
01 Aug 2019
Heavy lift and multi-purpose vessel owners eager to expand have a difficult time securing financing for newbuilds, particularly if they’re used for oil and gas projects.
A yacht being lifted to the deck of a G2 Ocean vessel.
24 Jul 2019
Multipurpose vessel/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) analysts Dynamar, Drewry, and Toepfer all have slightly different in-house methods for parsing out the specialized MPV/HL fleet that focuses on breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift cargoes.
Ove Meyer will remain a managing partner of Bremen-based parent company Zeaborn Holding following his resignation as managing director of multipurpose/heavylift (MPV/HL) carrier group Zeaborn.
18 Jul 2019
In a surprise move, Zeaborn co-founder Ove Meyer joins a string of executives to leave the carrier group, now one of the largest in the multipurpose/heavy-lift fleet.
An 835-ton demethanizer is transshipped from heavy-lift vessel to barge at De-Kastri port in Russia.
17 Jul 2019
Two key components of the under-construction Amur gas processing plant were delivered to the project site in Russia’s remote far east; it will be another four or five years before all oversized cargo arrives on location.
Wind blades stowed on the deck on the G2Ocean Star Juventas.
05 Jun 2019
CargoX’s “smart” bill of lading allows for the digital transfer of shipping documentation, but CBO Vjeran Ortynski says government acceptance of digital originals will be the “real disruptor.”
16 May 2019
Module growth and oil and gas investment are signaling improvement for the super-heavy cargo niche, but a surplus of vessel supply is still weighing on the market.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
07 May 2019
Ulrich Ulrichs, former CEO of Rickmers-Linie, which has since been absorbed by Zeaborn, will become CEO at BBC Chartering following a transition period.
The 656-foot, 23,800-deadweight-ton Traviata will call on ports in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Mediterranean, and North Europe on its maiden voyage.
30 Apr 2019
The car carrier’s new roll-on/roll-off vessels have capacity for 8,000 vehicles as well as lower fuel consumption and emission levels than their predecessors.
Zeamarine’s present fleet consists of about 90 multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) vessels with lift capacities up to 1,400 tons, according to the company.
18 Apr 2019
Pending antitrust approval, Zeaborn Group will take full ownership of the Zeamarine joint venture, consisting of Zeaborn Chartering, Rickmers Line, and Intermarine, after buying out New Mountain Capital’s interest.
The fifth of five tunnel-boring machines now operating in Sydney was discharged to barge at White Bay, Australia, from the AAL Kembla.
16 Apr 2019
Heavy-lift carrier AAL recently moved two tunnel-boring machines, essential equipment for major metro rail projects, from Nansha, China, to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
Netherlands-based multipurpose carrier Spliethoff added five more ex-Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) vessels to its fleet this month: four P14-type ships and one P8-type vessel.
11 Apr 2019
Carriers continue to consolidate the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) fleet in the wake of Hansa Heavy Lift’s untimely exit.
UECC is investing in a new generation of vehicle and heavy equipment carriers that will be powered by liquefied natural gas with battery packages.
10 Apr 2019
Roll-on/roll-off carriers see potential in the breakbulk and high and heavy markets despite potential geopolitical snags.
Energy, industrial sectors inject MPV/HL demand
21 Mar 2019
Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering, tells JOC.com that despite an improving market, the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector remains under pressure from overcapacity and rising regulatory costs.
08 Mar 2019
Megaproject logistics, which often involves moving huge pieces of equipment through remote ports, brings with it a unique set of risks and challenges that traditional liner carriers simply aren't equipped to handle.
20 Feb 2019
Despite a recent uptick in activity in the oil and gas industry, SAL Heavy Lift tells JOC.com any new vessels must be versatile enough to handle multiple types of cargo.