Vessel Info

Hudson Shipping Lines employs a wide variety of vessel types in their dry cargo fleet. In recent years, there has seen a shift in available market tonnage, as well as reductions in new build pricing which has allowed Hudson to grow its available vessel pool, not only in numbers, but in deadweight too. Ports around the world have grown to accommodate these new behemoths of efficiency and have adapted to Hudson's unique requirements, such as the G.O.L.D.© Standard, and those that haven't, require certain creativity to be applied in order to perform a successful call.

The Kamsarmax was designed to meet the specified requirements making it the largest vessel that can enter the world's largest Bauxite port, Port Kamsar in the Republic of Guinea. Generally larger than 80,000 dwt, these vessels are often considered a sub-set of the "Panamax" family which would fall under Post-Panamax size. The Kamsarmax can navigate the Panama Canal (thus landing it in the Panamax family) however, it would not do so as efficiently as its smaller cousin, the Panamax. Most Kamsarmax bulk carriers are likely primarily devoted to the bauxite trade, there are those Kamsarmax vessels out there that will carry mostly agricultural products, coal, cement, iron ore or fertilizers.

LOA 229m Beam 32.26m Draft 14.6m DWT abt 81000+mts GT 44000 cgo capacity 93000 m3 Speed 14.0kt

The Panamax is dubbed as such due to its maximum size that is able to accommodate passage through the Panama Canal. The Panamax is determined by the dimensions of the canal's lock chambers, which are currently 33.53m wide by 320.04m long and 12.56m deep. The useable length of each lock chamber is 304.8m. A Panamax cargo ship would typically have a deadweight between 65000 and 80000 mts. Due to the expansion of the amount of commercial traffic around the globe, Panamax has seen great success with their flexibility of being able to transit the Panama and Suez Canal.

LOA 225m Beam 32.26m Draft 14.0m DWT abt 72000+mts GT 40000 cgo capacity 90000 m3 Speed 14.5kt

Hudson introduces the Hudsonmax class bulk carrier to take advantage of recent developments in shipbuilding to optimize their fleet for future market conditions. Hudsonmax vessels generally run between 61000 to 65000 mts in deadweight and are the newest class of vessels, expected to replace the Supramax class and encroaching on the Panamax class. Hudsonmaxes are fuel efficient, with a new streamlined hull and more efficient engines that use about 20% less fuel than a standard Supramax. The shallow draft design offers a cubic capacity comparable to a larger Panamax while equipped with large cranes, grabs, and other specialized equipment for use with Hudson’s C.O.S.T.© principles. Hudsonmaxes use the latest shipbuilding techniques to offer near-Panamax load sizes while utilizing Supramax berth restrictions to bring more efficiency and great reach to the Hudson fleet. Click here to view a Hudson technical team inspecting a Hudsonmax prototype.

LOA 199m Beam 32.2m Draft 13.0m DWT abt 62000+mts GT 36000 cgo capacity 77500 m3 Speed 14.0kt

Vessels such as the Supramax generally run between 50000 to 60000 mts in deadweight and are generally purposed for medium or large ports/berth that may not be able to accommodate a larger vessel due to length or draft restrictions, or those that lack transshipment infrastructure. The Supramax can call up river easier than its bigger brother the Panamax and is generally considered to be more agile, allowing access to tighter spaces. Some Supramaxs are geared, allowing use of grabs in line with Hudson's C.O.S.T.© principles.

LOA 190m Beam 32m Draft 12.5m DWT abt 56000 mts GT 32300 cgo capacity 72500 m3 Speed 14.5kt

This vessel class is generally considered to be a bulk carrier with a capacity between 35000 and 50000 deadweight. Handymaxes are better suited for smaller ports with more severe restrictions. Often considered the workhorse of the dry bulk market, these vessels are built to call berths which require a sub-200m overall length. Though smaller than other vessels, the Handymax is often more efficient at sea, using less fuel to travel an equal distance, giving it an advantage when smaller cargo totals require movement.

LOA 190m Beam 32m Draft 11.1m DWT abt 46000 mts GT 26500 cgo capacity 57700 m3 Speed 14.0kt

Although all the above are generally accepted in the shipping community as descriptions for these vessel sizes, there is no official definition of exact tonnages. That said, the Handysize usually refers to a dry bulk vessel with a deadweight between 15000 and 35000. Handysize is the most common of the vessel size, with nearly 2000 units in service totally 43 million tons. Vessels of this type are very flexible because their size allows them to enter smaller ports, and in most case they are fitted with cranes on board, allowing them to load and discharge at ports which lack cranes or other cargo handling systems.

LOA 175m Beam 29m Draft 9.5m DWT abt 32000 mts GT 19800 cgo capacity 54200 m3 Speed 14.0kt

* References to vessel types, specifications, and statistics are for general reference based on typical measurements and capacities, and do not necessarily reflect the actual or expected specifications or performance of any vessels used by Hudson Shipping Lines.