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« on: October 26, 2013, 02:23:42 pm »

What's the difference between these two? I mean, I know what's a heavylift vessel and for a Heavy Load Carrier I had on mind all gearless semi-submersible ships, including ones like MERI & AURA. Yet I notice a typical heavy lift vessel like FAIRPARTNER is labeled as "Heavy Load Carrier". How to tell which vessel is a Heavy Lift one & which one is a Heavy Load one & which one is just a "General Cargo Ship, strengthened for Heavy Cargo", no matter that it has some 1000t (!) cranes on board?
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 03:16:44 pm »

From a professional point of view, this is how I define them:

Heavy-lift carrier: General cargo ship with cargo hold(s) and cargo handling gear (cranes, derricks) giving a single lift of minimum 100 tonnes SWL

Heavy-load carrier: Open, flat-deck cargo carrier without holds. Cargo handling is typically by flo-flo or ro-ro rather than lifting gear.

As I say, this is from my business standpoint and may not reflect how other data sources including those used by define such vessels.

For the purposes of uploading and viewing photos on, the generic category "Heavy-lift vessels" should be used. This category consists of both heavy-lift and heavy-load carriers. Indeed, if one refers to the 'heavy-lift' market in terms of the shipping industry, it refers to both types of ship so, before anyone asks, I don't believe there is a need to split the category into two.

"Strengthened for heavy cargo" is merely a classification notation. It means that a ship meets the classification society rules for having a deck or hold capable of handling cargoes of a certain weight which, for general cargo ships may mean project cargoes and for bulk carriers, iron ore.

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