A bulk carrier,bulk freighter, or bulker is a merchant ship specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo, such as grains, coal, ore, and cement in its cargo holds. Since the first specialized bulk carrier was built in 1852, economic forces have fuelled the development of these ships, causing them to grow in size and sophistication. Today's bulkers are specially designed to maximize capacity, safety, efficiency, and durability.
Today, bulkers make up 15% - 17% of the world's merchant fleetsand range in size from single-hold mini-bulkers to mammoth ore ships able to carry 400,000metric tons of deadweight (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. Over half of all bulkers have Greek, Japanese, or Chinese owners and more than a quarter are registered in Panama. South Korea is the largest single builder of bulkers, and 82% of these ships were built in Asia.
The bulk carrier had sailed from the Caribbean to Europe where it was dramatically intercepted off the south coast of Ireland, and ... The 190 metre-long, 32 metre-wide Panamanian-registered bulk carrier ship was built in 2001, and its value will depend on its classification status.
However, some 56% of Australian port calls are for bulk carriers, while container calls were only 13.9% of the total vessel calls to Australia. Registering the strategic fleet ... Some 56% of these calls were bulk carriers while container ships accounted for 13.9% of the calls.
A Russian cargo ship and a dry bulk carrier collided off the coast of Bulgaria on November 8 and while no one was injured the circumstances of the incident remain unclear ... Registered in the ... The other vessel was a Palau-registered bulker, New Rouf, a 6,000 dwt dry bulk carrier.
At approximately 4am yesterday, the Verity was involved in a collision with the Bahamian registered bulk carrier Polesie, and following the collision the Verity sank while the Polesie remained afloat ... The search and rescue operation was immediately initiated ... ....
Hong Kong provides lessons learned from a fatal accident happened on board a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier during the painting of the inside of cargo hold hatch coaming when she was en route from Imbituba, Brazil to Barra dos Coqueiros... A Hong Kong registered bulk carrier (the ...
These are made up of full members, comprising nearly 160 companies and registering 3,300 bulk carriers, together with associate member companies. As a result, the registered fleet is corresponding to about 33% of the global dry bulk fleet on deadweight terms (this percentage was less than 25% only 12 months ago).
Nikos Kakalis, Global Bulk CarriersSegmentDirector, Lloyd’sRegister, stated that it is absolutely vital that stakeholders across the maritime value chain continue to work together to provide commercially viable bulk carriers to meet the sector’s demands whilst prioritising ...
Photograph...Barry Roche ... The 189-metre-long Panamanian registered bulk carrier was detained after a team of elite Army Rangers boarded the ship off Ballycotton at around lunch hour on Tuesday, took control of the ship and ordered her to head for Cork after she attempted to head for the open sea. READ MORE ... .
It could take gardai and customs officials several days to thoroughly search the bulk carrier, MV Matthew, now detained off the Cork coast. The size of the 189 metre bulk carrier means that it could take several days to thoroughly search the vessel, which sources believe was involved in the multi drop off of large quantities of drugs in Europe.