Ocean Transport

As the world's largest container shipping company, we move 12 million containers
every year and deliver to every corner of the globe

We take special care of your special cargo

At Maersk, we recognise that handling special cargo is different from traditional container shipping.

With more than 40 years of experience in transporting oversized and heavy shipments and an unparalleled global network, we have the capacity to deliver your special cargo to any part of the world. Our international team of special cargo experts have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges involved, and are here to help you every step of the way.

We ship all types of special cargo

Oversized and overweight cargo is characterised by exceeding the proportions and capabilities of a single standard container. Whether you are shipping a 350-ton tugboat, a 46-metre crane arm or a 17-metre propeller, we have the expertise and equipment available to deliver.

We provide tailored and efficient solutions for shipping your In Gauge, Out of Gauge and Break Bulk cargo.

In gauge cargo special cargo

In Gauge cargo

  • The dimensions of the cargo are smaller than or equal to those of the flat rack or open top container (i.e. it requires special equipment but does not displace additional slots on the vessel)
  • Examples of In Gauge shipments: machinery or large trees that can be lowered into an open top container
  • If you are shipping In Gauge cargo, you can book your shipment in just a few minutes on Maersk.com
out-of-gauge

Out of Gauge cargo

  • The dimensions of the cargo exceed the flat rack or open top container by length, width or height, but can still be unitised in containers
  • Examples of Out of Gauge shipments: propellers, flanges or trucks
Break bulk special cargo

Break Bulk cargo

  • Vastly exceeds the size and/or weight of a standard container and is therefore handled as non-unitised cargo and normally placed on a bed of flat racks with a large number of lashing points
  • Examples of common Break Bulk shipments: yachts, masts, industrial machines or train carriages

Special cargo container specifications

With these special container solutions, you can enjoy the standard services offered by RoRo, conventional carriers and break bulk vessels, combined with all the advantages that our liner shipping has to offer, such as frequent, reliable departures, fixed schedules and unparalleled global reach.

20' open top

Payload: 28,000 kg
Capacity: 0m3 (0 ft3)

Our special open top containers are available in lengths of 20’ and 40’ and have been designed for over-sized cargo that does not fit into a standard container. They are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers, and the cargo can easily be secured with lashing bars and bull rings.

Container Specifications
Description Imperial Metric
Maximum payload 61,728 lb 28,000 kg
Dimensions 20' x 8' x 8'6" 20' x 8' x 8'6"
Volume 0 0 m3
Door openings width 7'8 - 1/8" 2,340 mm
Door openings height 0 0 mm
Internal length 19’ 5” 5,919 mm
Internal, width 7’ 8 5/16” 2,346 mm
Internal, height to load line 7’ 6” 2,286 mm
Weight gross 67,196 lb 30,480 kg
Weight tare 5,027 lb 2,280 kg

40' open top high cube

Payload: 28,400 kg
Capacity: 0m3 (0 ft3)

Our special open top containers are available in lengths of 20’ and 40’ and have been designed for over-sized cargo that does not fit into a standard container. They are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers, and the cargo can easily be secured with lashing bars and bull rings.

Container Specifications
Description Imperial Metric
Maximum payload 62,610 lb 28,400 kg
Dimensions 40' x 8' x 9'6" 40' x 8' x 9'6"
Volume 0 0 m3
Door openings width 7'8 - 1/8" 2,340 mm
Door openings height 0 0 mm
Internal length 39'5-45/64" 12,032 mm
Internal, width 7'8-19/32" 2,352 mm
Internal, height to load line 8’ 8 4/9” 2,653 mm
Weight gross 71,650 lb 30,480 kg
Weight tare 9,040 lb 4,100 kg

40 high Flat rack Collapsible

Payload: 47,300 kg
Capacity: 0m3 (0 ft3)

Maersk has specific equipment for heavy cargo that requires special attention, or does not fit into a standard container. We provide flat racks in length of 20’ and 40’, with fixed or collapsible end-walls. This equipment is suitable for top or side loading, and ideal for items such as heavy machinery, pipes and boats.

Container Specifications
Description Imperial Metric
Maximum payload 0 lb 47,300 kg
Dimensions 40’ x 8’ x 9’6” 40’ x 8’ x 9’6”
Volume 0 0 m3
Door openings width 0 mm
Door openings height 0 mm
Internal length 38’ 2 ¾” 11,630 mm
Internal, width 7’ 9 7/16” 2,440 mm
Internal, height to load line 7’ 4 29/30” 2,260 mm
Weight gross 115,742 lb 52,500 kg
Weight tare 11,464 lb 5,200 kg
Kindly note dimensions vary with container series – for dimensions of specific unit please contact your nearest Maersk office.

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