Mining Equipment Shipping

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If you need a reliable freight forwarder to transport mining machinery to or from Australia, look no further than TSL. We’re a professional Melbourne-based logistics firm managing freight forwarding operations all over the world. We deal with heavy cargo such as mining equipment on a regular basis, and will ship your consignment with utmost care – and for a great-value price.

Mining Equipment Shipping With TSL

Mining equipment shipping presents a number of challenges to the freight forwarder (which we embrace here at TSL!). This type of cargo is often oversized, bulky, heavy and awkward to transport. Freight forwarding operations therefore need to be planned meticulously. The average logistics company would usually not have the expertise to handle mining machinery, which might include any of the following.

  • Earthmoving equipment
  • Material-handling equipment
  • Exploration equipment
  • Processing equipment
  • Drilling equipment

Methods Used For Mining Equipment Shipping

The method TSL uses to transport for your mining equipment will depend on its dimensions and weight, and whether it can be rolled. We will assess your item(s) then decide on the most cost-effective and efficient way of loading it onto the vessel for sea freight forwarding. Below are some of the methods TSL may use to carry out your mining equipment shipping.

 RoRo (or roll-on roll-off) is usually the simplest and most cost-effective way of exporting and importing heavy machinery. It can be used for any item that rolls (e.g. vehicles), or can be placed onto a trailer. The equipment enters via a ramp and is then fastened securely before transportation. At the destination port, the cargo is rolled off again.

Shipping containers may be used for sea freight forwarding if your equipment exceeds the RoRo height limitation (around 14ft) and will fit – or can be disassembled to fit – inside a container that is 40ft long and 8.5ft tall. Extra tall containers are also an option; these are 9.5ft tall.

Flat racks are shipping containers that do not have sides or lids. They’re often used for cargo that’s too high to fit into a container that’s 9.5ft tall. When exporting and importing equipment this way, extra care is taken to secure it, since it will not be protected by the metal walls of a container during transit. 

Lift-on Lift-off (LoLo) refers to cargo that is unable to be driven or towed onto the ship and is too large or unwieldy to fit into a shipping container. Cranes are used to lift the cargo onto the vessel at the port terminal, and to lift it off on arrival at the destination port.