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Chapter 6

Australian trading fleet

In 2008–09, the size of the Australian trading fleet declined both in terms of total deadweight

tonnage and total gross tonnage compared to 2007–08. Overall, the fleet reduced in size from

94 ships in 2007–08 to 77 in 2008–09 (Table 6.1). The number of vessels in the major trading

fleet 4 fell by 16 from 73 in 2007–08 to 57 vessels, and the number of other trading ships 5

decreased by 1 from 21 in 2007–08 to 20 vessels in 2008–09.

A number of vessel types recorded falls in percentage terms in numbers or tonnage since

2007–08. Figure 6.1 shows numbers and Figure 6.2 shows total tonnage of each vessel type in

the fleet in 2008–09.

T6.1 Summary of the Australian trading fleet, 2008–09

Trade Vessels Deadweight tonnage Gross tonnage

(number) (tonnes) (GT)

Major trading fleet

Coastal

Australian registered 26 592 517 489 327

Overseas registered 3 72 244 47 847

Total coastal 29 664 761 537 174

Overseas

Australian registered 4 307 264 298 900

Overseas registered 24 927 576 571 789

Total overseas 28 1 234 840 870 689

Total major trading fleet 57 1 899 601 1 407 863

Other trading ships

Australian registered 17 9 968 15 834

Overseas registered 3 2 239 2 159

Total other trading ships 20 12 207 17 993

Total Australian registered 47 909 749 804 061

Total overseas registered 30 1 002 059 621 795

Total Australian trading fleet 77 1 911 808 1 425 856

Note:

Sources:

The Australian trading fleet consists of cargo vessels operated or owned by Australian companies to and from

Australia. This includes vessels that carry both cargo and passengers, but excludes vessels that carry passengers

only.

This table shows the number of ships operated by Australian companies as at July 2009 which traded in Australian

waters in the 2008–09 financial year. This excludes vessels which operated internationally without calling to

Australian ports in 2008–09, and also excludes non-Australian owned and operated vessels trading in Australian

waters.

LMIU 2010; Shipping companies (various)—personal communications.

4 The major trading fleet is defined as all vessels with deadweight tonnage (DWT) greater than 2000.

5 Other trading ships are those with gross tonnage (GT) greater than 150 which are not in the major trading fleet.

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