What is meant by cargo management?
Cargo management refers to the entire process of transporting your cargo, from loading and storage to transportation and unloading, as well as distribution. Cargo is commonly transported by either water, land or air and the management of this can be complex, especially when sending large quantities or moving shipments over considerable distances.
The management part of the process typically takes place in logistic centres where activities can be controlled. At these centres, cargo is unloaded and all of the picking, sorting and warehousing takes place. This is where Shorelands Group can help you. We can assist you with any of the above and ensure that your important items seamlessly make it to their final destination. We dedicate ourselves to providing a quick and effortless process for you, so make sure to get in touch with us today to find out about our barge and freight services.
What is the difference between logistics and cargo?
Cargo refers to physical items or products that need to be transported, usually by air, land or sky. This tends to be via shipping containers but can also include railways, trucks or vans that transport the goods. On the other hand, logistics refers to the science and planning that goes into arranging the movement of these items. So, logistics is effectively the process of organising the transportation of the cargo.
What is the difference between barge and cargo?
One of the main differences is that barges are not self-propelled, making them more difficult to control and manoeuvre. They are also commonly used for shorter journeys and don’t normally travel across international waters – generally, they are used for transportation around inland waterways. Alternatively, a cargo ship can travel across seas and oceans and has the capability to carry cargo or people, which makes it more versatile in its uses.
What are the different types of cargo?
The type of cargo you want to transport can make a huge difference when it comes to how your cargo is shipped and therefore how much the process will cost you. For this reason, it is key that you understand what type of cargo you have. There are a few categories that cargo can be divided into:
- Containers – One of the most common kinds of cargo is shipping containers. These come in a range of sizes and can be filled with anything from toys to electronics or even refrigerated goods. We can advise on the best container for your cargo to make sure it’s delivered safely.
- Dry bulk cargo – This usually refers to materials like sand, iron core or gravel which are moved in large amounts and ordinarily aren’t packaged up.
- Liquid bulk cargo – This cargo is any liquid or liquid gas. This requires a specific kind of tank and can include materials like crude oil or vegetable oil, wine, natural gas or even chemicals.
- Break bulk – Otherwise known as general cargo, this refers to pieces of cargo that are not in a container and will be placed directly on the ship or in a crate. This is often used for industrial items and can include steel rods, pipes and generators.
- Roll-on, roll-off – This is any cargo that can be rolled onto and rolled off a ship. For example, things like cars, buses, tractors and wheeled containers.
For more guidance on the right type of cargo for your shipment, contact us at Shorelands Group on 08 8932 3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.