Capacity. The gross weight tonnage, or GWT, that a cargo ship is rated to transport is generally seen as its single most significant characteristic. A GWT too low to accommodate a business's routine needs can make a given ship nearly useless even if it excels in other respects. Transporting bulk cargo, though, tends to imply a certain amount of flexibility, since it can so easily be broken up into multiple loads. All else being equal, however, it will normally be best to buy a ship that will not make this necessary.
Safety. Even an innocuous bulk cargo like wheat or cement can give rise to real difficulties in the course of transportation. Loose, granular types of dry cargo, for instance, are prone to shifting while at sea if effective measures are not taken to prevent the movement. That can put an entire cargo ship in danger, with many related accidents having happened over the years. Ships designed to carry bulk cargo almost always feature safety systems that are intended to reduce or eliminate such risks.
Loading and unloading. Moving many thousands of tons of cargo on or off a ship can take a long time, even under ideal conditions. Bulk carriers that are designed to facilitate and streamline the loading and unloading of cargo tend to cost less than others to operate.
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Companies in the market for bulk carriers tend to focus on issues like these when assessing the available options. Choosing an especially appropriate used cargo vessel will allow a business to make the most of the required investment in every case.