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Vessel Type Definitions

Dry Cargo
Dry Cargo
A ship which carries break bulk cargoes, may be single or multi-decked
Bulk Carrier
A ship with single deck designed to carry homogenous loose cargo
Handysize
10,000 dwt - 30,000 dwt
Handymax
30,001 dwt - 50,000 dwt
Panamax
50,001 dwt - 80,000 dwt approx with 32.2m beam limitation
Capesize
80,001 dwt and larger

Tanker
Products
Vessel designed for carrying refined petroleum products in bulk tanks
Coastal
3,001 dwt - 10,000 dwt approx
Small
10,001 dwt - 19,000 dwt approx
Handy
19,001 dwt - 25,000 dwt approx
Medium
25,001 dwt - 45,000 dwt approx
LRI (Long Range One)
45,001 dwt - 70,000 dwt approx
LRII (Long Range Two)
70,001 dwt - 100,000+ dwt approx
Crude Oil Carrier
Vessel designed for carrying For bulk crude oil in tanks.
Panamax
50,001 dwt - 80,000 dwt approx with 32.2m beam limitation
Aframax
80,001 dwt - 120,000 dwt
Suezmax
120,001 dwt - 200,000 dwt
VLCC
200,001 dwt - 350,000 dwt
ULCC
350,001 dwt and larger

Container
Single deck ship with box shaped holds for carrying containers
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