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MAERSK report reveals 2023 trends in special cargo biz



In the past three years, the world of logistics has experienced several challenges, news, and trends, which without a doubt have been affecting the world of special cargo logistics. Trends specific to the sector have emerged in the early months of 2023 and are projected to stay for the next 24 to 36 months, Maearsk revealed in its report. Special cargo, identified as cargo due to its weight, dimensions, shape, or protrusions, exceeds the proportions and capabilities of a single standard container, which is 20-feet or 40-feet long and eight feet wide.


Special cargo is comprised out of gauge cargo (OOG), meaning it exceeds the dimensions of standard containers by length, width, or height, but can still be stored in a container that has an open side or an open top. Examples of this can be propellers, flanges, or trucks. In Gauge Cargo, where the dimensions of the cargo require special equipment but does not displace additional slots on the vessel. Examples of this can be machinery or large trees that can be lowered into an open top container.

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