Capacity Load

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The maximum weight or volume of goods that a vehicle or vessel can carry.

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What is a Capacity Load?

Capacity Load in shipping refers to the amount of cargo that a shipping vessel is carrying in relation to its total cargo capacity. It is usually expressed as a percentage and represents the level of utilization of the ship’s capacity. 


For example, if a shipping vessel has a cargo capacity of 10,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and is carrying 8,000 TEUs of cargo, the capacity load would be 80%. This means that the ship is carrying 80% of its total cargo capacity. 


Capacity load is an important metric for shipping companies as it helps them to optimize the use of their vessels and maximize revenue. A high-capacity load indicates that the company is using its vessels efficiently and filling them to near capacity, while a low-capacity load suggests that there may be opportunities to increase efficiency and profitability by filling the vessel with more cargo. 

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