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Handymax and "Supramax" are bulk carriers with a capacity less than 60,000 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage).. A Handymax vessel typically has a capacity between 35,000 and 50,000 DWT, while Supramax vessels are relatively bigger in size with 50,000 to 60,000 DWT. Modern handymax designs are typically 52,000-58,000 DWT in size. These bulk carriers or "bulkers" are well suited for small ports with length and draught restrictions, or ports lacking transshipment infrastructure. As a result, Handymax and Supramax bulkers represent the majority of bulk carriers over 10,000 DWT. Though these bulkers are primarily used for carrying dry cargo such as iron ore, coal, cement, finished steel, fertilizer and grains, sometimes the category is also used to define small-sized oil tankers.[1]


  1. ^ Handymax on Maritime Connector Website