What does DWT mean in Shipping & Sailing?
This page is about the meanings of the acronym/abbreviation/shorthand DWT in the Miscellaneous field in general and in the Shipping & Sailing terminology in particular.
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What does DWT mean?
- Deadweight tonnage
- Deadweight tonnage is a measure of how much weight a ship is carrying or can safely carry. It is the sum of the weights of cargo, fuel, fresh water, ballast water, provisions, passengers, and crew. The term is often used to specify a ship's maximum permissible deadweight, the DWT when the ship is fully loaded so that its Plimsoll line is at the point of submersion, although it may also denote the actual DWT of a ship not loaded to capacity. Deadweight tonnage was historically expressed in long tons but is now usually given internationally in tonnes.