General Cargo Vessels - General Cargo Vessels carry packaged items like chemicals, foods, furniture, machinery, motor vehicles, footwear, garments, etc.
Bulk carriers or bulkers are used for the transportation of homogeneous cargo such as coal, grain, ore and other similar products in loose form. Used for the carriage of bulk commodities like wheat, sulphur, iron ore, coal etc. Bulk carriers can be recognized by large box-like hatches on deck, designed to slide outboard or fold fore-and-aft to enable access for loading or discharging cargo.
Container ships are cargo ships that carry all of their load in truck-size containers.
Tankers - Tankers carry petroleum products or other liquid cargo.
Tankers are used for the transport of fluids, such as crude oil, petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas and chemicals, also vegetable oils, wine and other food .
Crude Carriers – Used for the carriage of (you guessed it) crude oil – further classified as VLCC (Very large Crude Carriers) and ULCC (Ultra large Crude Carriers)
LNG Carriers – Used for the carriage of Liquefied Natural Gas..
Reefer Vessel – Used for the carriage of frozen cargoes or temperature controlled cargoes like fruits, meat, fish etc.
Multi-purpose Vessels – Used for the carriage of a combination of above cargoes.. Very versatile, popular and useful vessels specially along certain routes which require self-geared vessels.
Breakbulk Vessels – Used for the carriage of various kinds of cargoes – bagged cargo (cement, sugar etc), palletised cargo (paint, chemicals etc), timber etc.
Ro-Ro Vessels – Used for the carriage of wheeled cargo like cars, buses, trucks. Further classified as PCC (Pure Car Carriers) & PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carriers).