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 path of this timber, from Pacific forests to western homes via carrier ships and Chinese factories is a murky one ...Once the logs are felled, in, say the Pomio district of East New Britain province, they are put on to a large bulk carrier ship, possibly registered to Panama, where they spend about 14 days on the open sea before arriving in China.
illustrating the depths to which drug smugglers are going in their attempts to move their illicit cargo, the Hellenic Coast Guard released video of a drug seizure this week hidden underwater behind the grate on a water intake in a bulk carrier’s hull.
The man, who has not yet been named, was found in the hold of the bulk carrier ... According to tracking data the Marshall Islands-registered bulk carrier had arrived at the Dorset port from Teeside earlier in the week.
Amid Covid-19 concerns, a specialist search and rescue team extracted the man from the Hong Kong-registered YangtzeHappiness when it docked at Port Taranaki last June. The bulk carrier had been on its way from Papua New Guinea to New Zealand when the 35-year-old crew member first complained of a sore throat on 4 June, and was given antibiotics ... .
Seven people, believed to be Albanian, have been arrested after a cargo ship was brought in to port in Dorset... The Panamanian-registered bulk carrier was brought in to Portland and the people were escorted from the vessel ... He said ... Related Topics. Related Internet Links ... From other local news sites ... Features ... .
There was slight damage to the submarine’s mast but it was able to continue sailing on its own, it said. The navy did not identify the commercial ship, but NHK public television said it was the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier OceanArtemis... .
A Japanese submarine crashed into a Chinese tanker while it was surfacing after the crew failed to spot the giant ship through their periscope, officials have said ... Pictured ... The navy did not identify the commercial ship, but NHK public television said it was the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier OceanArtemis ... Previous 1 Next ... Share this article ... .
The crew of a bulk carrier abandoned by its owner and flag state is staging a hunger strike to call ... The AIS data seem to confirm this as the 37,222 dwt bulk carrier, which was built in 1982, has not registered a position in over a year and was last shown heading to Doha in Qatar.
A Ukrainian government spokesman on January 17 said that “five people have been rescued and two bodies have been recovered” from the wreck of the bulk carrier Arvin, which is registered under the flag of the country of Palau. The ship was heading for Bulgaria from Georgia when it sank, officials said ... Tensions remain high in the strategic region ... ....
MV Wakashio, a Japanese owned Panama-flagged bulk carrier ship leaks oil after drifting ashore over coral reefs ... The ship, a Japanese-owned but Panama-registered bulk carrier designed to transport unpackaged goods such as coal or grain, was empty of cargo but had an estimated 200 tons of diesel and 3,800 tons of heavy fuel oil onboard.