Depending on the size of the ship, a chartered breakbulk ship can carry anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 bags of coffee.
Samona, vice president of the East Gulf operations of Norton Lilly International Inc., agents for the Brazilian carrier Companhia Maritima Nacional, says that coffee importers prefer to ship coffee in containers rather than in breakbulk ship as a result of the added protection the container provides to their commodity.
A group of longshoremen can unload perhaps 40-50 tons of coffee shipped in loose bags on a breakbulk ship in an hour, he says.
Steel is shipped in breakbulk cargo, and Landry said he has seen fewer breakbulk ships
All ships us ed were modern Roll-On/Roll Off carriers -- no breakbulk ships
. Spectacularly successful were the 19 Large Medium Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR) ships built since the First Gulf War in 1991; the 20th and final LMSR ship is currently under construction, giving America an unprecedented capability for strategic lift.
NAVCHAPGRU is trained and equipped to load and unload Navy and Marine Corps cargo carried on board Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) ships, merchant breakbulk ships
, container ships, military controlled aircraft, and to operate the associated expeditionary ocean cargo and air cargo terminals.