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Dead weight tonnage

Deadweight Tonnage (often abbreviated as DWT) is a measure of the maximum weight that a ship can carry without risking its safety. This includes the mass of everything on board — from cargo, fuel, passengers, crew, to provisions and freshwater. It’s a crucial metric for assessing a vessel’s cargo-carrying capacity and plays a vital role in commercial shipping, as it directly impacts the profitability of a shipping service. Deadweight tonnage is not to be confused with displacement, which measures the total volume of water a vessel displaces when it’s loaded, which is expressed in terms of weight.

To understand how deadweight tonnage affects shipping operations and maritime commerce or to get further insights into this and related maritime concepts, one can refer to the following resources:

1. International Maritime Organization (IMO):
The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. The website provides resources and documentation about shipping regulations, maritime safety, and environmental concerns, including terminology and definitions related to shipping capacities.
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2. American Bureau of Shipping (ABS):
ABS is a leading international classification society, with a mission to promote the security of life, property, and the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction, and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities. It offers educational and technical documents that detail various aspects of maritime measurements and standards.
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