Import and Project Management of Project Cargo

Trade Ocean is involved in a vast array of project cargo within Southern Africa. Our specialised offices at the various ports will support any project cargo services within the boundaries of Southern Africa as far as Zambia and the DRC.

Trade Ocean classified project cargo as the transportation, handling and installation of heavy items that are indivisible, and of weights generally within the range of 1 ton to over 1000 tons / of widths/heights of more than 100 meters (these are too large to fit into normal containers or onto conventional transporters). These oversized items are transported from one place to another (sometimes across country borders), and are then lifted or installed into place. Characteristic for heavy lift goods is the absence of standardisation, which requires an individual transport plan.

Generators, turbines, reactors, boilers, towers, casting, heaters, presses, locomotives, boats, satellites, military personnel and equipment are examples of common project cargos. In the offshore industry, parts of oil rigs and production platforms are also lifted; some of these are also removed at the end of an installation’s working life.

To transport heavy lift items, special trucks or trailers (flatbeds) are used, which are primarily suitable due to their large loading area and capacity. For air transport, special large-volume cargo aircrafts, like the Antonov An-225, are employed. These aircrafts can move up to 250 tons of freight at a time.

On inland waters, barges are often used for the transportation of project cargo. Special heavy lift vessels are usually assigned to these types of sea transportations. These vessels are fitted with won cranes for loading and discharging big cargo. Transportation of heavy lift items is considered one of the most challenging and complex services offered in logistics, and is handled by specialised companies. For your project cargo transportation, handling and shipping, Trade Ocean is proud to be of service to you.