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Capesize vessels are vessels which exceed Suez Canal restrictions (all vessels larger than suezmax); thus, they are forced to travel around the South African Cape of Good Hope to get around the African continent.

Practical Size

A typically sized Suezmax vessel would be 900 feet long, 157 feet wide, and draw 53 feet of water (274m x 48m x 16m), corresponding to about 10,000 TEU or 150,000 DWT. A Capesize vessel exceeds atleast one of this confining dimensions; with the typical size range being 175,000 DWT (though some vessels approach the half-million mark). The practical size of these vessels is limited by the availability of deep water ports and loading facilities, amongst other things.

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