1. A breakbulk ship is one which transports cargo which is packed in cases, bales, cartons, drums, carboys etc., and this cargo is carried in the ship's cargo holds rather than in containers (although some loaded containers may be carried). 2. 'to breakbulk' is to unload packaged cargo from a 'breakbulk ship' or from a container and to distribute it.
The separation of a consolidated, bulk load into individual, smaller increments for delivery to ultimate consignee. The freight may be moved intact inside the trailer or it may be interchanged and rehandled to the connecting carriers.