A comparative economic analysis of van, pallet, and conventional break-bulk systems for maritime general cargo from shipper to consignee. The study analyzes the effects of variations in cargo stowage factor, van or pallet utilization, and unitizing location upon total cost, including packaging and claims. The report also assesses the impact of system change upon the shipper, inland and ocean carriers, stevedore, and marine terminal operator. For the warehousemen, truck drivers, and longshore personnel, the impact is measured in terms of changes in man-hours and earnings per ton. Those who are considering the use of vans or pallets in their own operations can use the methods demonstrated in this study, in conjunction with their own cost data, to decide whether the potential economic benefits are worth the financial risk involved. This study is a sequel to Publication 745 which examines, in detail, the pier-to-pier movement.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Sciences

    Maritime Cargo Transportation Conference
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Publication Date: 1963

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 88 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026642
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 23 1974 12:00AM