Ocean / Sea Freight Services

Ocean Freight refers to the shipping of goods via sea using large shipping containers. Ocean freight is the most commonly used transportation method used by exporter and importers. Although it’s not as fast as courier or air freight, ocean and sea freight are less expensive and more flexible with volume. MELLOHAWK recommends our customers ocean and sea freight services when shipping large and heavy quantities to minimize costs. Ocean and sea freight also have fewer restrictions and regulations compared to air freight.

Ocean and sea shipping allows MELLOHAWK to deliver large quantities of cargo beyond contiguous lands. Ocean and sea shipping are also very reliable as there are fewer weather turbulences that can delay departure.

MELLOHAWK’s ocean and sea freight services ensures clients the safe transporting of cargo via vessels. Our vessels can accommodate a wide assortment of products of any size and weight. We are committed to helping our clients deliver to their customers in a timely manner.

Types of ocean freight transportation services

There are 2 main types of Ocean Freight options:

FCL – Full Container Load services:

This refers to full container load services when the entire container belongs to a single shipper / client. Cargo is loaded directly from a shipper location to its final customer at destination.

LCL – Less Than a Container Load services:

This refers to less than a container load. When shippers don’t have enough cargo to fill an entire container, they can pay per CBM of loaded cargo on a share container. The shipper pays only for the space the product occupies in the container.

Breakbulk Services:

In shipping, breakbulk cargo or general cargo are goods that must be stowed individually and will be listed on multiple bill of ladings each covering a different commodity. This is in contrast to goods stowed in intermodal containers, or in bulk as with oil or grain.
MELLOHAWK offers all three types of oceans and sea freight transportation services to its clients.

Container Stuffing Options

MELLOHAWK can drop off an empty container at our client’s location allowing them to load the container Clients are responsible for packing as well as loading containers as soon as possible to avoid extra charges.
MELLOHAWK also helps its clients with overseas shipments by helping them with creating loading plans for their product.

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Container Sizes

Most container shipments are commercial goods and as per the ISO standards, the most popular container sizes are as follows:

20 foot: 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8 ½’ high external (c. 6.1m x 2.4m x 2.6m)
40 foot: 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8 ½’ high external (c. 12.2m x 2.4m x 2.6m)

The maximum payload mass for a 20’ container is approx. 22 tonnes: and for 40’, approx. 27 tonnes.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Ocean and SEA Freight

Shipping time depends on the origin and destination of the shipment as well as container load. LCL typically takes more time than FCL as we need to group together cargo.

MELLOHAWK tries its best to deliver to customers in a timely manner. We are transparent with our customers by providing them a realistic arrival estimate.

When calculating ocean and sea freight charges, several factors are considered including cargo weight, cargo size, distance, insurance, pick up and delivery, types of items, customs clearance and more. MELLOHAWK works with its client’s budget to provide them with a reasonable quote that includes all charges.

Almost any product can be shipped via ocean and sea freight as long as it can withstand a longer delivery time.

Yes. In fact ocean and sea freight is the safest and most flexible method of transportation for hazardous material.