Grade 10 – Maritime Economics

October 7, 2015

Refrigerated Ships

The first consignment of export fruit from South Africa left Cape Town in 1889 but it arrived in Britain in an inferior condition and had to be destroyed. Three years later, the first successful shipment of South African export fruit arrived in the UK in good condition. The ship that […]
September 30, 2015

Ro-ro ships

These ships have holds that do not have hatches. Cargo is loaded and discharged via a ramp in the stern. (Some have a ramp in the bow as well.) The cargo is driven on (“rolled on”) and driven off (“rolled off”) the ship – hence the term RO-RO. Down below, […]
October 7, 2015

Heavylift Ships

When large, heavy items need to be transported, a specialised heavylift ship can be used. These items could be a large oil rig, platforms used in the offshore oil industry, large pieces of machinery, cranes, and sometimes, even some small ships need to be transported. For floating objects (e.g. oil […]
October 9, 2015


These are passenger-carrying vessels that link islands with the mainland or they link ports across a sea or gulf. Examples of these are the passenger-carrying vessels that link Britain with France (across the English Channel or Straits of Dover) or with other European ports across the North Sea. Dozens of […]
October 7, 2015

Fishing vessels

The sea produces millions of tons of food each year, and employs millions of people worldwide. Fishing vessels have a variety of designs, depending on the type of fish that they will catch and the length of time they will be at sea. These vessels range from large, well-equipped stern […]