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Chapter 6 • Australian trading fleet

The composition of the fleet by the deadweight tonnage shares of ship types is illustrated in

Figure 6.2. Compared with 2007–08, in 2008–09 there was:

• a 25.8 per cent decrease in total bulk carrier tonnage, from 1 720 883 to 1 276 173

• a six-fold increase in total container carrier tonnage, 16 916 to 114 971

• an 8.4 per cent decrease in total general cargo vessel tonnage, from 140 558 to 128 752

• a 10.9 per cent decrease in total livestock carrier tonnage, from 52 418 to 46 685

• a 66.7 per cent decrease in total LNG tanker tonnage, from 400 700 to 133 390

• no net change in total LPG tanker tonnage

• a 39.2 per cent decrease in total other tanker tonnage, from 333 241 to 202 698

• a decrease in chemical tanker tonnage, from 6706 to 0.

F6.2 Deadweight tonnage of the Australian fleet by ship type, 2008–09

Tankers, 202 698

LPG tankers, 9 139

LNG tankers, 133 390

Livestock carriers, 46 685

General cargo ships, 128 752

Container carriers, 114 971

Bulk carriers, 1 276 173

Sources:

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

Tables 6.2 and 6.3 show the main commodities carried and trade in which the major trading

vessels were engaged during 2008–09.

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