Bulk Cargo

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Iron ore being stockpiled awaiting transportation.

A bulk cargo is a good or produce which is transported in large quantities to satisfy a want or a need. Commonly unpacked, this cargo is usually poured or dropped via a conveyor, bucket shovel or bucket crane into a transport vessel, such as a bulk carrier, railroad car or truck trailer. Bulk cargoes are usually classified as a solid or a liquid.

Solid Bulk Cargo[edit]

Solid bulk cargoes are those bulk cargoes that are dry or contain a small amount of moisture. The moisture contained within a solid bulk cargo usually comes from the processes associated with the extraction, refinement and storage of the material. As of January 1 2011 solid bulk cargoes are to be transported in accordance with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code)[1].

Examples of Solid Bulk Cargoes[edit]

See: List of Solid Bulk Cargoes


  1. International Maritime Organisation, Resolution MSC.268(85) (MSC 85/26/Add.2) - Adoption of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), 2008, London. (Download PDF)

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