Depending on the size of the ship, a chartered breakbulk ship can carry anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 bags of coffee.
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.
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.