Out of gauge (OOG) cargo

We’re experts when it comes to shipping in containers. However, we’re aware that occasionally your cargo may not fit into a standard container. This is why we offer the expertise and equipment to handle your out of gauge cargo.

We consider cargo to be out of gauge if it exceeds standard dimensions. It may still fit inside a standard container, but it may be so large or heavy that special equipment is needed to handle the size and weight

Through several decades of experience, we have developed strong expertise within this segment. We can offer a large fleet of flat rack and open top containers along with specialists around the world to provide you with a first-class out of gauge service wherever and whenever you need it.

Out of the world care for your out of gauge cargo

With a dedicated team and an extensive network, and years of experience with out of gauge cargo, we’re ready for almost anything you want to ship. We offer special shipping services that ensure your out of gauge cargo arrives safely and promptly.

Equipment that makes light work of your out of gauge cargo

We have a variety of heavy-duty equipment that enables us to move large, heavy and odd-sized cargo.

Open top containers

Our special open top containers are available in lengths of 20’ and 40’ and have been designed for over-sized cargo that does not fit into a standard container. They are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers, and the cargo can easily be secured with lashing bars and bull rings.

20’ open top: This is the smallest of our open top containers. However, with a maximum payload of up to 28.2 metric tonnes, it is still able to carry more weight than any of our other open tops. It measures 20’ x 8’ x 8’6”. Our open tops are suitable for any oversized cargo that exceeds the usual height of our regular containers, but still fits within the weight limits.

40’ open top: Our 40’ open top container has a lot of extra space compared to the 20’. More specifically, it measures 40’ x 8’ x 8’6” and has a maximum payload of 26.6 metric tonnes. Our Open Tops are suitable for any oversized cargo that exceeds the usual height of our regular containers, but still fits within the weight limits.

40’ open top high cube: Our 40’ open top high cube is the largest of our open top containers. It measures 40’ x 8’ x 9’6” and has a maximum payload of up to 28.6 metric tonnes. This open top is suitable for any oversized cargo that exceeds the usual height of our regular containers, but still fits within the weight limits.

Flat rack containers

This equipment is suitable for top or side loading and ideal for items such as heavy machinery, pipes and boats. If required, two or more flat racks can be connected, depending on the size of your cargo. We provide Flat Racks in length of 40’, with fixed or collapsible end-walls. We can also handle 20’ Flat Rack Shipper’s Own Containers (SOC) on a case by case basis, subject to ISO certification and valid CSC plates.

Our 40’ flat rack - folding end: This is our flat rack container with collapsible end walls for extra flexibility. It has a payload of 34.9 metric tonnes and measures 40’ x 8’ x 8’6”. All of our flat racks are suitable for top or side loading, making them ideal for heavy machinery, pipes and other oversized cargo.

40’ flat rack high cube: This is our heavy-duty flat rack container with collapsible end walls. Designed to carry your extra heavy cargo, this flat rack has a massive payload of 47.3 metric tonnes and measures 40’ x 8’ x 9’6”. All of our flat racks are suitable for top or side loading, making them ideal for heavy machinery, pipes and other oversized cargo.

For more information and help with shipping out of gauge cargo, please get in touch with a Safmarine office near you.

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