who is a co-loader on a liner service..??

At times, those of you involved in container shipping might have come across the terminology co-loader.. You might have come across this mostly only when there is a problem taking your container in/out from the port..

A co-loader is a shipping line that has loading and discharging rights on vessels that are NOT operated by them and they get this right from the carrier/operator of the vessel by paying for slots on board that particular vessel.. This is different from a consortium or vessel sharing agreement..

The operator of the vessel submits a list of co-loaders to the port/customs.. Only if this done, the port will allow containers belonging to the co-loader to be taken out or brought into the port under their own harbour account.. Based on this nomination, the co-loader gets their own loading and discharging lists from the port/vessel operator and the terminal handling charges, port storage charges, and any other container related charge incurred at the port are invoiced to the co-loaders directly by the port.. They generally have their own agents/offices at the various ports of call..

The vessel operations at port, planning, stowage etc however, are controlled by the vessel operator..

As an example – Hugo Stinnes Schiffahrt and Hapag Lloyd are nominated co-loaders on the MSC service from/to South Africa/Europe.. MSC nominates Hugo Stinnes and Hapag Lloyd as co-loaders with port and customs..


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    • Hi Muskan, yes co-loader is a carrier (shipping line) who is loading their cargo on another lines vessel as part of an agreement between the lines..

  1. thanks for this interesting article however i’d like to know if the co-loader is the same as slot charterer or there is a difference?also how i can make different between co-loader,slot charter , consortium and vessel sharing agreement..thanks a lot and apperciate your great job 🙂 thank you