A surprisingly large proportion--very nearly two-thirds--of world seaborne trade in major bulk commodities is currently shipped in 50,000 DWT plus bulk vessels of the bulk/combined/ore carrier type. The market penetration effected by these larger units--primarily into iron ore and coal seaborne trade but latterly also into various grain. bauxite/alumina, phosphate rock trades--has clearly increased at a relatively rapid pace over the past decade considering 50,000 DWT plus units accounted for no more than two-fifths of total major bulk trade in 1970. The survey reviews/evaluates the trade performance of these larger units over the past decade commodity-by-commodity. The significance of past and potential future developments-- in trade volumes, average shipping distances, port and terminal facilities, ship type/size availability and preferences and underlying comparative ship operation costs, etc.--impinging on the evolving requirement for "Panamax" sized tonnage and larger are identified and examined, conclusions being reached as to potential supply/demand balances and future trading prospects in the period to 1990.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From Bulk Trade, Transportation and Handling Surveys 1980/81.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems Publications Limited

    McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road
    Worchester Park, Surrey KT4 8RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1981

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  • Pagination: n.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00324723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM