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A bulk carrier is a type of cargo vessel, usually ocean-going, designed to transport large volumes of unpackaged dry commodities like coal, grain, ore, and cement in their natural or processed state.
Bulk carriers generally have high deadweight tonnage and are equipped with specialized cargo-handling equipment for loading and unloading their cargoes efficiently.
They range from small coastal vessels to larger deep-sea vessels capable of carrying several thousand tons of cargo in a single voyage. Bulk carriers can also be used to transport liquids such as crude oil or chemicals in tanker configuration.