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Bulk cargo

Bulk cargo is unpackaged goods that do not fit into regular containers and are shipped in individually counted units.


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What is bulk cargo?

Bulk cargo is a load transported in vast quantities, unpackaged, directly on the ship. There can be dry bulk or liquid bulk cargo.

Some dry bulk examples:

  • Chemicals
  • Coal
  • Iron
  • Grain
  • Cement
  • Bulk minerals
  • Some liquid bulk cargo examples:
  • Gasoline
  • Cooking oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Fruit juices
  • Liquid hazardous chemicals
  • Liquid nitrogen


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