Capacity of general cargo vessels in seaborne trade from 1980 to 2018 (in million dwt)*

Global seaborne trade - capacity of general cargo vessels 1980-2018 This statistic portrays the capacity of the world general cargo vessel fleet from 1980 through 2018. In 2018, the world general cargo ship fleet had a capacity of around 74 million metric tons deadweight. This figure translates into a decrease of around 0.6 percent, compared with the previous year.
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Capacity in million dwt
1980116
1985106
1990103
1995104
2000101
200592
2010108
201574
201675
201775
201874
Capacity in million dwt
1980116
1985106
1990103
1995104
2000101
200592
2010108
201574
201675
201775
201874
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This statistic portrays the capacity of the world general cargo vessel fleet from 1980 through 2018. In 2018, the world general cargo ship fleet had a capacity of around 74 million metric tons deadweight. This figure translates into a decrease of around 0.6 percent, compared with the previous year.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1980 to 2018
Supplementary notes
* Beginning-of-year figures; the values for 1980 through 2016 have been extracted from previous editions.
The figures have been rounded.
The unit dwt (deadweight tonnage) is the carrying capacity of a merchant ship.
According to the source, the statistic refers to freighters with 100 gross tons or more.

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