Cargo has been transported via the world's rivers and oceans for hundreds of years. The modern containerized method of transporting goods changed from a concept to an industry on 26 April 1956 with the first containers being moved on a converted tanker called Ideal X. From this point forward, the world's economies were transformed. Today it remains the pre-eminent mode of transporting cargo worldwide since it provides a cost effective way of moving large volumes of goods. Additionally, sea transportation has a substantially smaller carbon footprint than road or air transportation.
When moving goods via sea freight, standard containers are not the only option. PWS' team of experts has extensive experience with all ocean shipping methods including:
- LCL (Less than Container Loads)
- 20/40/45 GP (General Purpose) and HC (High Cube)
- Open Top Containers (Contain a removable top to allow for crane loading or to accommodate cargo that fits within the horizontal constraints of a standard container but is too tall)
- Reefers (Used for goods that require constant temperatures)
- Flat Racks (Used for cargo that is too large for a standard container. Flat racks are transported on container ships and allow oversize cargo to move to destinations where RoRo and Breakbulk vessels are not necessarily available or to shorten transit times)
PWS is licensed by the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) as an NVOCC (Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier) and OTI (Ocean Transportation Intermediary). As an NVOCC, PWS is able to enter into service contracts with steamship lines, and as an OTI we are able to manage the contracts of our clientèle.