TABLE 13-5 Average Capacity of Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports by Type: 1998-2003

TABLE 13-5 Average Capacity of Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports by Type: 1998-2003

Deadweight tons (dwt) per call

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  1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Combination 82,895 88,433 89,462 87,873 84,459 84,016
Tanker 68,670 67,703 67,551 69,313 69,412 72,387
Dry bulk 41,740 41,833 41,694 42,142 42,876 42,685
Containerships 36,243 36,586 37,784 39,656 42,158 43,168
Roll-on, roll-off vessels 19,898 18,662 18,456 20,445 20,376 20,270
Gas carriers 29,954 31,402 31,397 33,438 32,099 37,818
General cargo 21,409 22,331 22,857 23,416 23,496 23,655
All vessels 45,289 45,117 45,646 47,034 47,625 49,557

NOTES: Calls are by oceangoing vessels of 10,000 dwt or greater at U.S. ports, excluding Great Lakes ports. 1998 is the first year for which data are available. Beginning in 2002, chemical tanker data are no longer reported separately and are, instead, included in tanker data; historical data were adjusted for consistency. Combination includes ore/bulk/oil carriers, and bulk/oil carriers. Gas carriers includes liquified natural gas carriers (LNG), liquified petroleum gas (LPG) carriers , and LNG/LPG carriers. General cargo includes general cargo carriers, partial containerships, refrigerated ships, barge carriers, and livestock carriers. Roll-on, roll-off vessels are especially designed to carry wheeled container trailers or other wheeled cargo and use the roll-on, roll-off method for loading and unloading.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Office of Statistical and Economic Analysis, Vessel Calls at U.S. Ports 2002-2003 (Washington, DC: 2004), table S-1.