break-bulk

Of cargo, heterogeneous in size, shape, and handling requirements; neither bulk nor containerized.

Break-bulk cargo is characterized by its multiplicity and diversity. ... In break-bulk service, a cargo ship might carry barrels of cooking oil, ... cartons..., bales ..., bags ..., and so on.

See Also: break bulk, breakbulk

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  • break bulk — phrasal 1. : to remove, transfer, or displace part of a load or cargo : start to unload : unload and distribute all or part of a carload, boatload, or truckload 2. of a bailee : to treat that which is held by bailment in such a manner as to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • break-bulk — ˈ ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷ adjective : of or relating to materials shipped in conventional individual packages and not containerized * * * /brayk bulk /, adj. Transp. 1. of or pertaining to packaged cargo, usually manufactured goods, that is marked for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • break bulk — verb a) Take part of a ships cargo out of its hold. b) Unload a ship. See Also: break bulk, breakbulk …   Wiktionary

  • break-bulk — /brayk bulk /, adj. Transp. 1. of or pertaining to packaged cargo, usually manufactured goods, that is marked for individual consignees and has to be loaded and unloaded piece by piece at each point of transfer. Cf. bulk1 (def. 3),… …   Universalium

  • break-bulk — /ˈbreɪk bʌlk/ (say brayk bulk) adjective of or relating to a quantity of cargo stowed loosely in a compartment or a container …   Australian English dictionary

  • break bulk — n. individual items of packaged cargo, loose cargo carried in the storage compartment of a ship or other vehicle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • break bulk — Begin to unload …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Break bulk cargo — In shipping, break bulk cargo or general cargo is a term that covers a great variety of goods that must be loaded individually, and not in shipping containers nor in bulk as with oil or grain. Ships that carry this sort of cargo are often called… …   Wikipedia

  • break-bulk point — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a station or point at which all or portions of a truckload, boatload, or carload are unloaded and distributed …   Useful english dictionary

  • To break bulk — Bulk Bulk (b[u^]lk), n. [OE. bulke, bolke, heap; cf. Dan. bulk lump, clod, OSw. bolk crowd, mass, Icel. b?lkast to be bulky. Cf. {Boll}, n., {Bile} a boil, {Bulge}, n.] 1. Magnitude of material substance; dimensions; mass; size; as, an ox or ship …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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