Voyage is a term that is used to describe the transportation of goods by sea. It originates in the French word “voyage”, which means travel or journey. However, it has historically been most commonly associated with large ocean vessels such as cargo ships and ferries. An example of a voyage would be the transport of oil tankers from an offshore oil facility through an inland river to their final destination at a refinery onshore. Voyages can also take place over shorter distances, such as transporting manufacturing materials overland through railroads or trucking companies.
Some modern voyages include both methods, where railroad tracks are laid alongside existing roads for easier transportation of goods from one location to another. This process is referred to as intermodal transportation.
The term “voyage” is also sometimes used to describe the entire process of shipping goods from one location to another, including:
- all of the steps involved in getting the goods ready for transport,
- loading them onto the vessel,
- transporting them to their destination, and unloading them.
This can be a complex process, especially when shipping large quantities of goods or hazardous materials. In these cases, logistics companies that specialize in shipping management can be hired to handle all aspects of the voyage from start to finish.
Whether you are transporting goods by sea, land, or air, it is important to have a clear understanding of what a voyage means in the context of logistics. This will ensure that your shipments are properly planned and executed and that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time.