R. de Jong
Characteristics of bulk carriers
Report 2004.TL.6866, Transport Engineering and Logistics.
This document is an overview of dry bulk carriers with respect to
characteristics that may be important for port access and loading and
The first chapter is a summary and reports the several types of bulk
carriers, and gives per type indications of important dimensions,
commodities, and short descriptions of characteristics like loading and
The second of the four chapters gives a short overview of the bulk carrier
fleet, by presenting the size profile and the specialized bulk carrier
profile, and reporting the different commodities that are carried linked
to the mostly used size-segment of the bulk carrier fleet that the
particular commodity employs.
The third chapter focuses in on ships itself. First, the general layout of
the ships is discussed. Secondly, from bulk carriers of the size of around
10.000 tonnes of deadweight up to the largest ones trends in length,
breadth, draught, depth, air draught of the hatch coamings, hatch
dimensions and cargo volume capacity are reported. Finally the presence of
deck cranes is dealt.
The fourth chapter deals the 19% of the bulk carrier fleet that is
composed by more specialized bulk carriers. It describes ships that are
designated to carry less common commodities, or that are suitable to
carry, besides dry bulk cargoes, other than dry bulk cargoes. The common
sizes of the specialized ships are reported together with typical
Self unloading and self loading systems are to be found in the fourth
chapter among the descriptions of the specialized bulk carriers.
The report is supported by four appendices, of which the first reports ships
definitions and the fourth is a large collection of pictures and other
information of several types of bulk carriers.
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