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December 9, 2021

netcon: Comprehensive Ocean Freight Services for Military Cargo and Goods

As specialists in ocean freight services, netcon offers extensive transport solutions for a number of different of cargo types, including military cargo, dangerous goods and explosive materials.

By Adam Williams

With a network of independently selected global shipping partners, netcon provides its customers with secure, reliable and comprehensive shipping solutions around the world.

netcon can be trusted to safely transport defence equipment and dangerous materials, including:

  • Hazardous goods Class 1 (explosive materials)
  • Hazardous goods Classes 2 to 6, 8, 9
  • Civil and military defence equipment
  • Military components and munition
  • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste material

In addition, netcon provides a wide range of logistical side services, such as customs clearance and cargo carrier packing, ensuring the shipping process runs smoothly and efficiently.

Charter shipments for military equipment

Special regulated goods, including defense equipment, dangerous explosives, as well as oversized and heavy-load project cargos, often require a chartered vessel.

netcon has extensive experience in international ocean freight services, with an excellent understanding of the requirements of defence industry clients and connections to chartering brokers, vessel owners, and forwarding-partners.

Certain cargo loads can also be individually tailored to the type of chartered vessel or conditions, considering timeframe, chartering time period, the type of cargo vessel, the costs and space requirements.

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Efficient port and terminal handling services

netcon provides international transshipment services for multiple cargoes, including containers, project and ro-ro cargoes, as well as hazardous goods through scheduled and chartered ships.

Individual port requirements and handling methods in the field of customs clearances, terminal handling or delivery and collection methods can pose significant difficulties if handling is incomplete or incorrectly performed. This may lead to financial loss and delays, which is why you should always have an expert verify the procedures.

netcon specialises in the following areas:

  • Applying for specific port numbers
  • Pre-declarations customers process, including for goods requiring permits
  • Steps required by customs for approval
  • Organising required documentation
  • Accounting via specific IT port systems

Seaworthy stowing and packing services

Protecting cargo is a crucial part of every sea, air or land-based freight shipment. As one of the most experienced operators in the sector, netcon has extensive knowledge when it comes to the safe packing, securing and stowing of cargo carriers including containers, pallets and flat racks.

Military equipment and hazardous goods are often required to follow individual guidelines and internationally-applicable regulations and, in the case of class 1 hazardous goods (explosives), need to pass through specific monitoring bodies before they can be released for despatch and subsequently shipped or transported.

Additional rules that must be followed concerning seaworthy storage include:

  • Packing certification
  • Sealing of the cargo carriers by customs/shipper
  • Accurate labelling of the cargo carrier
  • Correct weight distribution

netcon can be trusted throughout this process, ensuring good reach their destination safely, reliably, and in accordance with all relevant rules and regulations.

Roll-on, roll-off shipments for military trucks and armoured vehicles

Roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipments are divided into two categories: self-rolling and non-self-rolling cargoes.

Self-rolling cargoes are moved onto the ship using available proprietary drive systems or loading ramps and include cargoes such as:

  • Military trucks and cars
  • Armoured vehicles
  • Construction vehicles, such as excavators and loaders
  • Cranes
  • Agricultural machinery

As well as reducing the demand placed on port infrastructure, ro-ro shipments also offer significant time and cost savings.

Non-self-rolling cargoes are moved onto the mode of transportation via the loading ramp using specific semi-trailers and towing vehicles and include:

  • Military aeroplanes
  • Civilian aeroplanes
  • Project cargoes, such as turbines
  • Track vehicles

This method is ideal for special port infrastructure characteristics, when there is a lack of attachment points on the cargo, or other economic aspects.

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