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05-16-2007, 03:10 PM
What is an Aframax tanker?

I know what a Suezmax and Panamax are, but I'm not familiar with this. Can any of you merchant marine types out there help me? Thanks.


S/V Laura Ellen
05-16-2007, 03:26 PM
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/SIZE] ]Aframax

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The Aframax tanker Gerd Knutsen at the wharf in Brest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brest%2C_France).

An Aframax ship is an oil tanker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_tanker) with capacity between 80,000 dwt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwt) and 120,000 dwt.
The Aframax class tanker is largely used in the basins of the Black Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea), the North Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea), the Caribbean Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Sea), the China Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Sea) and the Mediterranean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean). Non-OPEC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPEC) exporting countries may require the use of Aframax tankers because the harbors and canals through which these countries export their oil are too small to accommodate VLCC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLCC)'s and ULCC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ULCC)'s. The term is based on the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA) tanker rate system.

Found this explanation.

05-16-2007, 03:41 PM
Thanks Allan, I should have thought to look there. Didn't mean to be lazy and ask someone else to do my searching!