Types of Vessels


  • Barge: A barge is a long flat-bottomed vessel used for transporting freight, typically on canals and rivers, either under its own power or towed by another vessel.
  • Barge Carriers: Are ships that have been designed to carry barges. Some barge carriers have been fitted to act as full container ships and can carry a number of barges and containers simultaneously.
  • Bulk Carriers: A bulk carrier is any vessel designed to carry bulk cargo such as grains, ores, and oils.
  • Freighters: Freighters are break bulk vessels both refrigerated and unrefrigerated, containerships, partial containerships, roll-on/roll-off vessels, and barge carriers.
  • Full Containerships: Containerships are vessels designed with permanent container cells, with little or no space for other types of cargo.
  • General Cargo Carriers: General cargo carriers include break bulk freighters, car carriers, cattle carriers, pallet carriers and timber carriers.
  • Partial Containerships: Partial containerships are multipurpose containerships where one or more but not all compartments are fitted with permanent container cells with the remaining compartments designed to carrying other types of cargo.
  • Refrigerator ship: A refrigerator ship, also known as a reefer, is a type of vessel typically used to transport perishable commodities requiring a temperature-controlled environment during transport. Such cargos including fruit, meat, fish, vegetables, dairy products and other foodstuffs.
  • Roll-on/Roll-off vessels: Roll-on/Roll-off vessels, also known as RO/RO ships, are designed to carry wheeled containers, trailers and other vehicles such as trucks and cars using interior ramps.
  • Tankers: Tankers are vessels that are fitted with tanks to carry liquid bulk cargo such as crude petroleum and other petroleum products, chemicals, liquefied gasses (LNG and LPG), wine, and other liquid or gaseous cargo.