General Cargo Liner Agency

General cargo, Cory Brothers, Liner agency serviceWith over 50 years of experience, Cory Brothers are experts in managing liner agency services on behalf of our principles. Our knowledge as ships agents and of world trade lanes position us as your ideal partner for general cargo liner representation in the UK.

Cory are liner agents for both unitised and non-unitised (general) cargo. As a general cargo liner agency, we provide UK representation for carriers of bulk, break-bulk and Ro/Ro cargo. Our experienced team are here to maintain your high customer care as an extension of your business. 

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Roll-on/Roll-off Cargo: 

  • Cargo that is designed to be driven or towed on/off a vessel and can include cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles.
  • General Cargo Liner Agency, Cory BrothersVessels designed to carry this cargo either have built-in or shore-based ramps or ferry slips that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel whilst in port.
  • Platform or “mafi” trailers can also be used as a type of cargo base, enabling goods to be lashed to said platform for safe transport onboard. This is usually associated with static project cargo which is generally smaller in size. 
  • Rolling cargo carriers can usually also accept static breakbulk cargo, up to significant sizes, within vessel and port capabilities, meaning they are multi-functional. 

Breakbulk cargo 

  • Covers a wide range of cargo that is too large, too heavy, or not cost-effective to ship in containers. 
  • It can be a very affordable way to avoid dismantling goods and as a result, reduce the time and cost with supplying goods to their end destination. 
  • Breakbulk cargo can more readily ship to smaller ports, or those without the infrastructure needed to manage containers. 
  • It can be a great way to large quantities of items easily between main areas, like pipes, bales.

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A liner agent acts on behalf of a carrier, or shipping line, to market and facilitate their operations in an area where they do not have a physical presence. Liner agents sell the carriers services to local shippers, to secure bookings, as well as manage ancillary services on the carriers’ behalf, such as haulage, container tracking, documentation and customs clearance.

Carriers will often have a network of liner agents in their shipping network so that they can have greater coverage whilst eliminating the need to have their own offices in each location. 

Cory Brothers provide liner services for principles around the globe. Contact us for more information on our services today.

The difference between bulk and break bulk is that bulk is loose cargo, and break bulk is cargo that can be given a unit count. An example of bulk cargo is coal. An example of break bulk is drums of liquid. 

Bulk and break bulk vessels come in 2 varieties, geared and gearless. Geared vessels have cranes onboard to assist with the loading and unloading, allowing the vessel to call into ports that do not have the necessary equipment to handle bulk goods. Gearless vessels do not have cranes on board and rely on shoreside equipment for loading and unloading. 

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A liner service is based on the published schedule of a vessel, or vessels, that carriers use. The ports that the vessel(s) will visit, and the estimated transit time, follow a pattern that allows for space to be sold well in advance. This can apply to all types of cargo vessels.

A tramp service is where a vessel has no fixed schedule or routing for its port calls, meaning that the vessel is made available for loading when it is unloading in the same area. This vessel can then be booked for nearly any destination that the shipper needs, at a moment’s notice, instead of waiting on a liner schedule to facilitate the next load.

Cory Brothers provide liner and tramp agency services for our principles. Please contact us for more information.

Ro/Ro stands for Roll On / Roll Off and classifies shipments that are wheeled on and off a vessel, as opposed to being lifted on and off using cranes (Lo/Lo). Vessels that carry Ro/Ro shipments are loaded and unloaded using ramps that are either built into the ship’s platform or shoreside.

There are various types of Ro/Ro vessels, often combining the transportation of Ro/Ro vehicles with the passage of people, such as cruises, ferries and barges. Ro/Ro vessels that are solely for the transportation of vehicles are pure car carriers (PCC) and pure truck and car carriers (PCTC).

Cory Brothers provide comprehensive Ro/Ro liner agency services for our principles around the globe. Contact us for more information.

General cargo refers to the transportation of all kinds of goods. Any goods that are not restricted (requiring specialised licenses and permits) can be booked for carriage onboard a suitable vessel as general cargo.

Restricted cargo refers to the transportation of dangerous or illegal goods, which require special licenses and permits to transport. 

Cory Brothers provide restricted and general cargo liner services for our principles. Please contact us for more information today.