Lighhouse at end of pier, waves crashing


Lighthouse Shipping provides ship chartering services for both domestic and international vessels. Our team has extensive specialty knowledge and expertise in the movement of dry bulk shipping cargoes including: gypsum, aggregates, steel products, copper slag, cement and bulk minerals.
(Note: We do not handle the shipping of personal effects.)

Our company is well known and respected in the shipping industry and has longstanding relationships with charterers and ship owners worldwide. We work diligently on behalf of our clients to canvass the marketplace to find the appropriate shipping vessel. Lighthouse Shipping's goal is to keep your dry bulk shipping transportation costs low and to ensure that there are no delays that could lead to extra charges. We also provide innovative shipping logistics solutions, for example, helping to solve a client's transportation requirements by utilizing an extensive barging system, benefiting shipping brokerage clients timelines and bottom line.

When assessing the type of shipping charter that is right for you, we typically cover the following assessment topics with you:

• Type of Cargo
• Total Cargo Tonnage (dead weight)
• Load (Pickup) and Discharge (Delivery) locations
• Whether your shipment is Domestic or International
• When the shipment needs to take place

Once the above has been established, we determine which vessel type is right for you, and then arrange for the specific ship and Charter Party contract that will dictate the terms of your shipping arrangement.

Bulk flowable cargoes, such as aggregates, copper slag and bulk gypsum can be loaded onto belt self-unloading vessels. This type of vessel provides a fast, efficient and environmentally responsible method of discharging the dry bulk cargo either directly onto the dock or onto a barge alongside the vessel.

For breakbulk commodities such as steel coil, gypsum wallboard, newsprint and general & specialized cargoes, Lighthouse Shipping has experience loading and discharging cargoes from a variety of shipping vessels (handymax, panamax, side port, tweendeckers, heavy lift) which are fitted with cranes, grabs, elevators and other specialized equipment.

Our most commonly chartered vessel types

Handysize vessel at see


Handysize and Handymax vessels make up the bulk of the world's ocean-going cargo fleet. Handysize vessels are generally capable of handling shipments between 25,000 and 35,000 dwt (dead weight tonnes). Both types of vessels are more maneuverable and have shallower draft than larger vessels and can access a wider variety of cargo types and port scenarios. Most Handysize ships are “geared”, i.e. fitted with cranes, allowing them to load and discharge cargoes at ports which lack cranes or other cargo handling systems. Compared to larger dry bulk shipping carriers these vessels carry a wider variety of cargo types.

Handymax vessel being loaded


Handymax vessels are larger versions of the popular Handysize Vessels, capable of carrying approximately 35,000 to 60,000 dwt (dead weight tonnes) of dry bulk cargo. A typical Handymax ship will be outfitted with five dry bulk cargo holds, and up to four cranes with 30 metric ton lifting capacity for cargo self-load/unload operations in suitable ports. These ships are typically available for international shipping.

Panamax vessel on the ocean


Panamax vessels are very large ocean-going vessels that are designed to take advantage of the maximum vessel capacity of the Panama Canal. These ships can typically carry between 60,000 and 85,000 dwt (dead weight tonnes) and are the shipping vessels of choice for many dry bulk shipping cargoes such as grain or minerals. 

Capesize vessel being loaded


Capesize vessels (length 230 to 270 m, draft 17 m), with carrying capacity between 80,000 to 199,000 dwt (dead weight tonnes), are too large for the Panama Canal and trade from the Atlantic around the Cape of Good Hope. 

For more information about dry bulk shipping please check out Wikipedia.

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