Cargo ship

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A cargo ship , or freighter for short , is a merchant ship whose construction is intended exclusively or preferably for the transport of cargo . Colloquially and in short, the goods transported by a ship are called freight. In legal terms, freight is the remuneration that is paid for the carriage of the goods.

Classic freighter

Outline of an old freighter - Winnie Lattmann (1925) In the
front (far right) is the bow with the riveted stem . The increased part of the forecastle is back with the windlass . Sailors , anchor gear and consumables are housed in the forecastle . The deck has four hatches and two masts with three or two booms . Amidships are the officers' chambers and the navigating bridge . Behind the chimney are the scoops and lifeboats . Aft (far left) is the stern with the poop deck . There is the deckhouse with the companionway to the aft crew chambers.

Today's cargo ships

The following types of cargo ships are best known today:

Maritime shipping

Grand Pace car transporter

Inland shipping


The beer boat in Utrecht is the world's first purely electrically powered cargo ship. It has been running in the city center of Utrecht since January 19, 2010 and supplies the catering establishments. The Swedish Sydfart is the oldest motor freighter still in service in the world.

See also

Web links

Commons : Cargo Ships  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: cargo ship  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Hamburger Abendblatt (1954)
  2. ^ Hamburger Abendblatt (1957)
  3. ^ Arnold Kludas : The Age of Steamship , in: Ships . Tessloff, Nuremberg 2010, 2012, ISBN 978-3-7886-0265-9 , p. 18.