What do fresh-cut perishables and massive project cargo have in common? Well, both are critically important to Prospect Shippers’ clients and customers. So, we take the utmost care with both, which require specialized shipping and handling expertise, a high level of planning, exhaustive “know-how,” and extreme vigilance.
But there the similarities end. One Prospect Shippers’ difference is the sheer size of the task at hand. Project cargo is typically a massive or heavy load. It could be one major, oversized component needing transport. But more often, it’s a diverse mix of materials and components for a huge project, each requiring different kinds of care, packaging, and transport.
So, whether you’re setting up a new industrial park, working on a port expansion project, installing a massive solar farm, assembling a reactor, or undertaking any other large-scale industrial or commercial project, Prospect Shippers can help you get the diverse construction materials, large components, and machinery needed to keep your project on track and on schedule.
“We expertly ship anything and everything – from large boilers to solar panels, from industrial machines to aircraft engines, and other large or heavy items,” says Juliet Onofre, sales manager of Prospect Shippers Group, based in Miami, FL. “Let’s just say that handling project cargo is routinely epitomized by the sheer complexity of the shipping process. It’s well beyond simple pallets or everyday shipping and transport.”
Sea and Train
Not surprisingly, given its significant size, project cargo also is most often shipped via sea and train – certainly more often than via air freight. That’s because the cargo may weigh more than 100 tons and far exceed normal width and height limitations for cargo aircraft.
Pre-planning is absolutely critical when handling any type of project cargo, Onofre stresses, noting that it’s important for customers to select a logistics firm that is willing to begin planning well in advance of the project. In addition, any logistics company handling project cargo must understand not only the full range of transport options available but also the strict rules, regulations, and requirements covering certain project materials. It’s a matter of health and safety.
In addition, “your logistics firm should always be diligently focused on your timeline so that all pieces of the supply chain come together as needed,” Onofre says. “That can help clients complete their massive projects on time and on budget.”
Diversity of Options
For example, the logistics firm might set up shipping for one machine in a large, closed container, but for another element of the project, offer an open machinery set-up. For massive amounts of industrial supplies or building materials, hundreds of flat racks or a “fleet” of large containers may be needed.
“In addition, we can arrange for goods to be transported in open tops, and handled via a MOBI (a mobile loading platform),” Onofre explains, adding that “in some cases, we use what’s called a Ro-Ro (roll on, roll off) approach for loading or unloading goods from a vessel or train.”
The reality is that project cargo typically requires a highly diverse range of shipping and transport options. It’s definitely not one size fits all for shipping.
Don’t Go it Alone
“Putting it another way, handling project cargo isn’t for the faint of heart, given the complexities of the process and how it can impact the client’s major project timeline and budget,” Onofre emphasizes. “So, whether you have over-dimensional cargo (ODC), air freight, LCL, container cargo, heavy components, or project cargo, give us a call to discuss your needs, ask questions and find out how our team of experts can assist.”
Simply put, if you have project cargo, it’s definitely not the time to go it alone on the logistics front or to pick a firm with only one or two experts. Having a complete team that knows the “ins” and “outs” of heavy cargo and project cargo, has access to the right equipment and already possesses a network of reliable logistics partners is absolutely critical to any major project’s success.
“So, why not tap Prospect Shippers’ expertise? Call us today,” says Onofre. “We think you’ll find it a smart business move.”
About Prospect Shippers Group
One of four divisions of Prospect Shippers Group, an international logistics services conglomerate founded in Ecuador in 2001, Prospect Shippers serves to streamline, optimize, and expedite freight to and from the U.S. for a wide range of major industries.
With offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Bogota, Quito, and Amsterdam, Prospect Shippers capitalizes on its long-time relationships with the major air carriers and ocean lines to offer competitive rates in securing ample space to destinations all around the world.