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deadweight total weight of cargo, stores, fuel and water needed to submerge a ship from her light draught to her maximum permitted draught; it is given by the difference between the load displacement and light displacement (also known as lightweight); DWT for short
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Aframax any tanker with deadweight between 76,000 and 116,000 tons
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Capesize a very large bulk carrier with deadweight above 150,000 tons - unable to transit Suez Canal and therefore have to sail round the Cape of Good Hope to and from Europe
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cargo deadweight the remaining carrying capacity after deducting from deadweight tonnage, the fuel, water, stores, dunnage, and such other items necessary for use on a voyage
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Dunkerquemax describe a class of bulk carrier whose maximum length overall is typically 292m, beam 45m, scantling draught 18m and deadweight about 176,000 to 180,000.
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handymax a dry bulk vessel with deadweight between 35,000 to 50,000 tons
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handysize a dry bulk vessel or product tanker with deadweight between 15,000 to 50,000 tons
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Laker a ship capable of transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway locks to trade in the Great Lakes between USA and Canada; the maximum beam and draught allowed in the lock is approximately 23.15 m and 26 feet fresh water respectively - this is equivalent to ship with a deadweight of about 20,000 tons
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lightship draught draught when ship is empty and deadweight is zero
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lightweight the weight of a ship complete with outfit and propulsion machinery, and ready for sea but without fuel, fresh water, stores, provisions, passengers or cargo on board; also known as Light Displacement Tonnage

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Malaccamax describe a maximum hull form capable of transiting the Straits of Malacca fully loaded; the maximum draught and beam allowed in the strait is approximately 21 metres and 60 metres respectively with a deadweight of 280,000~300,000 tons or in terms of TEU, not exceeding 12,000
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mini-bulker a smaller sized bulk carrier of about 3000 tons deadweight
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Newcastlemax describe a class of bulk carrier whose maximum length overall is typically 300m, beam 55m, scantling draught 16.1m and deadweight about 205,000.

Formerly its size is only 185,000 deadweight; however this is superseded by Kooragang berths 2, 5, 8 and 9 which accept up to 210,000 deadweight vessels.
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Panamax describe a class of ship size with the maximum dimension capable of transiting the Panama Canal; the maximum beam and draught allowed in the canal is approximately 32.3 metres and 12 metres fresh water respectively.

In the 80s and 90s the deadweight is about 55,000 to 60,000. With the increase in width and length of Panama Locks, the Panamax is now re-defined as 80,000 deadweight bulker.
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Setouchmax describe a class of bulk carrier whose maximum length overall is typically 300m, beam 50m, scantling draught 16.1m and deadweight about 205,000.
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Suezmax a large tanker capable of transiting the Suez Canal fully loaded; the maximum draught allowed in the canal is approximately 52 feet 6 inches salt water - this is equivalent to about 150,000 deadweight
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ULCC stand for Ultra Large Crude Carrier, i.e. a crude oil tanker with deadweight more than 300,000 tons
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VLCC stand for Very Large Crude Carrier, i.e. a crude oil tanker with deadweight between 200,000 and 300,000 tons
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