Spliethoff

Dutch company Spliethoff provides worldwide ocean transport services. It is part of the Spliethoff Group, which is comprised of Spliethoff plus five other companies. Spliethoff offers a professional breakbulk shipping service that extends all over the globe, including inhospitable areas such as the Antarctic. If you need to arrange a breakbulk sea shipment with Spliethoff, TSL can organise this for you as part of our comprehensive freight forwarding service.

About Spliethoff

The company was founded in 1921 as a shipbroker with a speciality in forest products. Today it still transports forest and paper products, as well as steel, general cargo, bulk cargo and breakbulk sea shipments.

Spliethoff Vessels

The company manages a 50-strong fleet of multipurpose tweendeck vessels with DWT (Deadweight Tonnage) ranging between 12,000 and 23,000. The ships are strengthened to enable them to carry heavy breakbulk sea shipments. All of its vessels, which fly the Dutch flag, are equipped with cranes to assist with loading and unloading. It also has access to around 50 further vessels that are owned by other companies in the Spliethoff Group.

Professional Breakbulk Shipping

Breakbulk refers to any cargo that is loaded individually onto a vessel rather than being transferred onto a ship in a container. It might be driven or towed onto RoRo (roll-on roll-off) carriers, or it could be placed in boxes, bags, crates, drums or barrels then lifted on.

What Kind Of Cargo Is Breakbulk?


Breakbulk cargo is the heavyweight stuff. It’s the bulky, tall items – it refers to not only heavy machinery shipping but also transportation of items such as vehicles and motor homes. Shipping companies providing professional breakbulk shipping need to take into account a wide range of factors due to the load having larger dimensions, and often a higher cost too. Some examples of this type of consignment are:

  • Motorised vehicles such as cars, lorries and tractors
  • Cargo that can be moved using trailers such as yachts, caravans and rolling heavy plant equipment
  • Agriculture machinery including fertiliser spreaders and verge cutters
  • Heavy machinery and tools
  • Power generation items such as generators and turbines
  • Mining equipment like conveyor belts, drilling rigs and mine roof supports
  • Steel and other metal products

Spliethoff in Australia

Spliethoff has routes running between Australia/New Zealand and 1. the US Gulf/East Coast, 2. the Continent, 3. the Mediterranean and 4. the Far East.

TSL and Spliethoff

TSL is a Melbourne-based shipping agent able to organise international shipping from Australia. We work with all the major global shipping companies to provide a comprehensive service that includes RoRo, bulk cargo, air freight, customs brokerage, warehousing and inland travel. As one of the best-connected shipping agents operating in Australia today, we can organise international freight forwarding services quickly and easily – no matter how large your consignment is and wherever your final destination is. If you’d like us to organise shipping with Spliethoff or one of the other top shipping companies, please get in touch.

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