Project Cargo Toolkit

See below to access our Project Cargo Toolkit. You’ll find information that may help if you have Out Of Gauge (OOG) cargo to ship.

Terminology in the OOG and Project cargo world

  • OOG = Out-of-gauge cargoes
  • Mafi = Mobile loading platform for loading large item – transport by Ro-Ro ship
  • Ro-Ro = Roll-on Roll-off vessel, ocean-going  vessel, akin to ferry
  • SWL = Safe Working Load, for example max. weight allowable on Ro-Ro ramp
  • Jack-and-slide = An alternative to crane – for loading or moving heavy units
  • Legal load = Trucking term: Ordinary legal size and/or weight that does not require special permitting from Government authority
  • Oversize or overweight load = Load that does require special Government permitting
  • POD = Proof of delivery
  • Incoterms = Set of international contract terms set by International Chamber of Commerce
  • Step-deck, Low-boy, Drop Deck trailers = Platform semi-trailer with 2 deck levels
  • Double-drop, RGN (removable goose-neck) trailer
  • SMPT = Self-propelled modular transporter/trailer
  • Tramp vessel = A commercial vessel that has no regular schedule but loads/discharges cargoes when contracted  
  • Fixture = Conclusion of vessel charter negotiations between charterer and vessel owner
  • COG = marked Center of gravity, of large unit
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What is the Cargo to be shipped?

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  • Type of units to ship
  • Commodity
  • Shipping weight - units
  • Weight in metric or lbs?
  • Shipping dimensions - units
  • Length x Width x Height
  • Diameter if applicable
  • Detailed Schematic of shipping configuration attached?
  • Photo – attached?
  • Center of gravity marked?
  • Lifting points marked?
  • Lashing points marked?
  • Towable?
  • Driveable?
  • Stackable?
  • Marine containers/type/#
  • Number of each sea ctr type
  • Weights of  sea containers
  • Hazmat data?
  • Value for cargo insurance
  • Cargo availability date
  • Required delivery date
  • Full origin address
  • Full delivery address
  • Is export packaging required?
  • Other key details

Factors impacting best transport options for OOG cargoes

  • Proximity of origin and destination points – to international sea ports or international airports
  • Good route planning
  • Geography
  • Road network between origin, transshipment, destination  points
  • Rail network between origin, transshipment,  destination points
  • Availability of required heavy-haul trucks
  • Availability of suitable rail cars
  • Completing road surveys, completing bridge surveys
  • Availability of suitable cranes, gantries
  • Sufficient information to proceed with permitting process – having valid information for processing, approval times, police escorts
  • Weather, Spring thaw, Ice, Ice roads
  • Water-levels
  • Transit countries – if any
  • Strong operators and strong stakeholders
  • Clear mandate
  • Good communications amongst stakeholders
  • Cargo security, Bio-security
  • Work stoppages
  • Organization’s priority time lines of various shipments
  • Reliability of shipping schedules

Lessons identified?

  • Is shipping weight provided final and accurate?
  • Are shipping dimensions provided final and accurate?
  • Is the shipment covered by a Letter of credit and, if so, where is it?
  • Are there dangerous goods in the shipment – and, if so, are they properly packaged and declared?
  • For over-sized cargoes loaded to vessel, rail, truck – when and how often is the lashing being re-checked? – as even the best tie-down schemes can loosen during transit
  • Is the cargo professionally and sufficiently insured?
  • Are related parties named ‘additional insured’ on the insurance certificate to reduce corporate exposure?
  • Are the products being shipped subject to import, export, and/or transit permits and are these in place before the cargo movement starts?
  • Does the shipping documentation accurately describe the cargo and the movement – and are the various documents consistent?
  • On very large units, is an independent surveyor and/or company rep. present at key intermodal points to provide up-to-date info, photos, and to intervene as required?
  • Are weights in lbs or kilos?
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