Seaborne trade - capacity of oil tankers 2019

This statistic portrays the capacity of the world oil tanker fleet from 1980 through 2019. In 2019, the global oil tanker fleet had a capacity of around 568 million deadweight tonnage. In terms of tonnage, oil tankers account for around 29 percent of global seaborne trade.

Capacity of oil tankers in seaborne trade from 1980 to 2019 (in million dwt)*

Capacity in million dwt
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Survey time period

1980 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Beginning-of-year figures; the values for 1980 through 2017 are taken from a previous edition.
The figures have been rounded.
The unit dwt (deadweight tonnage) is the carrying capacity of a merchant ship.

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