Break Bulk and Oversized Shipping: The Basics

Perhaps you’ve heard of break bulk shipping, but don’t really know what it means. Ship Overseas is here to tell you all about it. We bring 36 years of expertise to the table when it comes to transporting and shipping high, heavy and super loads. Thus, you get the safest, fastest, and most efficient way to transport breakbulk cargo around the world.

We offer oversize shipping internationally to all seven continents; additionally, we transport oversize loads in all 50 states in the U.S.


Transporting breakbulk cargo poses many challenges, such as the risk for:

  • Damage
  • Delay penalties
  • Missed connections

This is why you have to place your faith in our highly-trained logistics team as we work closely with you every step of the way to accommodate your unique needs and special requirements.

What Do the Two Terms Mean?


Oversized shipping: Any large piece of equipment, machinery, vehicle or vessel that needs to be shipped overseas.

Break bulk: The method of transporting cargo as separate pieces rather than in containers.



Ship Overseas works with clients in many industries, from construction and mining to oil and gas. Some materials require special handling. Take steel, for instance. This material is handled based on its type and individual characteristics such as shape, weight, sensitivity and texture. Rubber is another example, whereby we can accommodate both natural and synthetic rubber products, on pallets or in metal crates.

Here’s a breakdown of the industries we cater to in terms of break bulk and oversized shipping services:


Power Generation


This equipment is some of the heaviest to transport, featuring many challenging logistical situations. That’s why we depend on a global network of heavy haulers and ocean freighters to properly transport your equipment such as:

  • Steam and Gas Turbines
  • Combined Heat and Power Units
  • Wind Power
  • Generators

Oil and Gas


We provide proper handling and stowage services for oil and gas equipment such as:

  • Piping
  • Well Heads
  • Refinery Equipment
  • Replacement Parts
  • Drilling Rigs
  • Skidded Process Units
  • Frac Tanks
  • Pump Jacks




With us, you get cost-effective solutions for cargo handling, storage, processing, maintenance, and inland and ocean transportation for these types of mining equipment:

  • Conveyor Belts
  • Trenchers & Scrapers
  • Dump & Haul Trucks
  • Track Loaders & Wheel Loaders
  • Excavators
  • Drilling Rigs
  • Bulldozers




We provide cost-efficient inland and ocean transportation solutions so you can dispatch your construction equipment to the right destination at the right time. We can transport these commercial vehicles and more:


  • Dragline Excavator
  • Dump Trucks
  • Excavators
  • Backhoe
  • Bulldozers
  • Graders
  • Trenchers
  • Loaders
  • Tower Cranes
  • Bulldozers
  • Wheel Tractor Scraper
  • Pavers
  • Compactors
  • Telehandlers
  • Pile Boring and Driving Machines
  • Feller Bunchers




We can do lots of stuff for you in this industry, such as fit high-volume product deliveries within tight time frames and ensure damage-free delivery for the following rail machinery:

  • Boxcars and Refrigerated Boxcars
  • Switching Equipment
  • Locomotives
  • Cabooses
  • Streetcar Trolleys
  • Diesel Engines
  • Auto Racks
  • Rail Cars
  • Tank Cars
  • Rails and Rail Ties
  • Flatcars
  • Covered Hoppers
  • Gondolas



We provide creative handling and safe transportation solutions for on-time delivery of your sub-assemblies from factory to factory for:

  • Airplanes
  • Helicopters
  • Airplane Fuselages
  • Airplane Wings
  • Jet Engines
  • Aviation Control Towers
  • Aviation Testing Equipment
  • Airplane Tail Sections
  • Aviation Electronics
  • Aviation Wind Tunnels
  • Aviation Hangars
  • Runway Pavers



Look to us for transportation on these agricultural products:

  • Balers
  • Plows
  • Harvester Tractor
  • Backhoe
  • Front-End Loader
  • Cultivator
  • Cultipacker
  • Harrows
  • Wheel Rakes
  • Irrigation System
  • Seed Drills
  • Broadcast Seeder
  • Plastic Mulch Layer
  • Transplanter

Boats and Yachts

We offer cradling, stowing of smaller boats, and crane operations to accommodate:

  • Yachts
  • Fishing Vessels
  • Motorboats
  • Sailboats
  • Tugboats and Towboats
  • Houseboats
  • Ferries

Trucks and Buses


From tank trucks to ambulances, we can deliver the following:

  • Semi-trailer
  • School Bus
  • Double-decker Bus
  • Transit Bus
  • Refrigerator Truck
  • Tank Truck
  • Garbage Truck
  • Coach
  • Fire Truck
  • Ambulance


Mobile Office and Trailer

Whether you need office mobility on job sites or you need temporary housing for disaster relief, we can transport your:

  • Container Office
  • Mobile Office
  • Mobile Home
  • Portable Storage
  • Modular Home

Contact Ship Overseas

Interested to learn more about our break bulk or oversized shipping services? Contact Ship Overseas today for a free quote. We would be happy to accommodate your requirements for a successful shipment.

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