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6 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE JULY 2016 COVER STORY SUDDENLY EVERYONE WANTS to be the breakbulk and project cargo shipper's new best friend. Facing weakness in their core markets, con- tainer and dry bulk carriers are pitching hard for multipurpose vessels' traditional cargoes. "It's a buyer's market," said Susan Oatway, senior breakbulk analyst at Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, describing the new choices available to shippers and forwarders. There's never been a hard-and-fast demar- cation between breakbulk/project cargo and other shipping markets. Container, dry bulk and roll-on, roll-off carriers have handled breakbulk cargo, including out-of-gauge ship- ments, for years. Dry bulk ships may carry grain or other bulk materials in one direction and steel or other breakbulk cargo the other way. Container lines move oversize shipments By Joseph Bonney NO HOLDS BARRED ON THE HIGH SEAS

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