What is Handy/Handymax Size Ship?

‘Handy’ sized ships –ranging in size from about dwat 10,000 mtons to about dwat 40,000 mtons.The ‘Handy’ ship is the base of the pyramid and the most circulated ship in the maritime sector. Handy Size Ship can carry any type of dry cargo and can approach many ports around the world. Due to its convenient size, it has access to almost all terminals, which can either provide shore facilities for loading and discharging (many of them are gearless), or are restricted and the ship will operate with the provided own means.

The ‘Handy’ ships can be grouped as follows:
– small ‘handysize’ (from about 10 to about dwat 25,000mtns)
– large ‘handysize’ (from about 25 to about dwat 40,000 mtns )

The ships which are equipped with stanchions and can carry logs are called ‘loggers’. The ships which can approach and trade within the Great Lakes and pass through the seaway locks are called ‘lakers’. The ships that are designed to carry woodchips are called ‘k carriers’.

‘handymax’ sized ships-ranging in size from about dwat 40,000 mtns to about dwat 59,000 mtns For many shipbrokers these ships are the most favorable size and the most profitable investment. The majority of them can provide cargo gear and can carry any grade/type of dry cargo.

The ‘handymax’ ships can be grouped as follows:
– normal ‘handymax’ size ranging from about dwat 40,000 to about dwat 50,000 mtns. They can trade around the world, but a number of them are gearless or provide insufficient gear.
– new modern ‘handymax’ is called the ‘supramax’, and ranges from about dwat 50,000 to about dwat 59,000 mtns.

The original ‘supramax’ is about dwat 52,000 mtons with 5 holds/ hatches that can provide 30 mtons of gear capacity (cranes) with a grain capacity similar to a small ‘Panamax’ ship. These types of ships can offer huge services, while the majority of them can also be fitted with grabs. A new ship, designed about 10 meters longer than a ‘supramax’, called ‘Ultramax’. Its size is about dwat 60-64,000 mtns and can provide cranes, improved fuel efficiency and much better grain or bale cubics than an old ‘Panamax’ of similar size.

*DWAT (Deadweight All Told): Difference between a ship’s loaded and light displacement, consisting of the total weight of cargo, fuel, fresh water, stores and crew which a ship can carry when immersed to a particular load line, normally her summer load line. The deadweight is expressed in tons.