A bulk Carrier is a merchant ship specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo such as grains, coal, ore, and cement. Bulk Carriers are specially designed to maximize capacity, safety, efficiency, and to be able to withstand the rigors of their work.
Bulk Carriers make up the largest percentage of the world’s merchant fleets and range in size from single-hold mini-bulkers to giant ore ships able to carry 400,000 (DWT). A number of specialized designs exist: some can unload their own cargo, some depend on port facilities for unloading, and some even package the cargo as it is loaded.
Handysize – 10,000 – 30,000 dwt – small bulk carriers that make up the majority of the world’s short haul fleet.
Handymax – 30,001 – 50,000 dwt – These are a larger version of the Handysize vessels and popular for both bulk and crude carriers.
Panamax – 50,001 dwt – 80,000 dwt -This is the maximum size ship that can pass through the locks of the Panama Canal.
Capesize – 80,001 dwt – 199,000 dwt – These are vessels that are too large to pass through the locks of either the Panama or Suez Canals. As a result, these vessels must travel around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa or Cape Horn in South America to their destinations.
Dasic products used on Bulk Carriers:
- Tank Washing: Portable machines – D4000, Junior Bronze, Mini A
- Fixed Installation: Swing Arm Units
- Gas Freeing Fans: Jetfan 70.
- Anti-Piracy Water Canon: Nemesis 5000