What You Need to Know About Out-of-Gauge Shipping

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Last week our industrial packing and crating company discussed the process of roll-on/roll-off shipping as a method used to ship heavy machinery such as construction vehicles overseas. In this week’s follow-up Cratex Group is providing insight into the concept of out of gauge shipping – also used to provide shipping solutions to international construction companies and the like.

By definition, out of gauge refers to load that is taller and/or wider than that which can be accommodated by standard shipping containers. It is often carried within either flatrack, open-topped, or open-sided shipping containers. Flatrack shipping can be very efficient IF, and only IF, the cargo is positioned in an optimal manner, using the appropriate bracketing and bracing (and placed on a bed of timber) that will protect the load kept in below deck stowage.

Payloads refer to the load carrying capacity (measured by weight) of a shipping vessel. When the cargo falls within the payload constraints of the vessel it is most likely placed within the center point of the shipping container, with the center of gravity placed at the lowest possible point, to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed. The available space on one or both sides of the centered cargo can serve to provide further stability – but only if a trusted packing and crating company is used. This is especially the case when machinery with a small base and a heavy top is being shipped. One wrong shift and the shipment can tumble and fracture itself and its surroundings. Finally, the points of lifting must be explicitly displayed on the load so that anyone unloading knows exactly where to “grab” the cargo.

When cargo exceeds payload, it becomes absolutely essential for the experts to be brought in. Metric tonnage measurements, hardcopies of dimensions, certificates validating accompanying lifting gear, destination transport arrangements, critical path schedules, and even security measures must be accounted for and analyzed by the shipping company and the industrial packing and crating provider aiding in the process. Only then can out-of-gauge shipping for excessively heavy cargo/machinery be put in process.

The concept of out-of-gauge shipping is of course more complicated than detailed above but the idea is to present you with an option for shipping your heavy machinery overseas  and then encourage you to contact Cratex Group for more information. We’ll walk you through the preliminary part of the process right up until your cargo arrives overseas.