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.
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.
“Therefore we must prepare ourselves for a long war in Ukraine.” ... In this photograph taken during the weekend, the “Aroyat” bulk carrier ship registered in Palau, sails towards the UkrainianBlack sea port of Chornomorsk, using a temporary corridor set up by Kyiv to ensure safe navigation through the Black Sea, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The departure of the Puma (34,979 dwt), a dry bulk carrier registered in the Cayman Islands, is being confirmed by the vessel’s AIS signal ...Ukraine offered commercial ships caught in its ports the opportunity to register to travel along the corridor which was established in August 2023, but warned they needed to accept the risks ... ....
Two of the MoUs involve Lloyd’sRegister and QingdaoBeihai Shipyard where the Eastern Pacific-managed Newcastlemax bulk carriers will be constructed, and Jiangnan Shipyard where the VLACs will be built ... Newcastlemax bulk carriers are larger than capesize vessels typically ranging in size between 205-211,000 dwt.
Hong Kong provides lessons learned from a fatal accident happened on board a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier (the vessel) at the port of Pascagoula, USA, when it was undergoing a shifting operation in the berth. The incident. The vessel was alongside the berth at the port of Pascagoula, USA, for loading petroleum coke in bulk ...Lessons learned ... ....
Hong Kong Merchant Shipping has issued an information note to draw lessons learned from an incident where a fatal accident took place on board during cargo hold cleaning. The incident. A fatal accident happened on board a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier (the vessel) when it was en route to Balikpapan, Indonesia...Investigation� ... Lessons learned ... ....
The deaths of three stevedores on board the Isle of Man registered bulk carrier BergeMawson in the middle of the year was a stark reminder that the industry still has much work to do to mitigate the hazards posed by noxious atmospheres.
The INTERCARGO Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2022-2023 report has been published, which evaluates the bulk carrier industry through various performance indicators ... In 2022 the global bulk carrier fleet was registered with 92 Flags, an increase of 4 since last year.
The Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2022-2023 Report provides ... In 2022 the global bulk carrier fleet was registered with 92 Flags, an increase of four compared to 2021 and out of these, 15 have fleets of 100 bulk carriers or more, accounting for just over 89% of the global bulker fleet.