Why the size of the container ship is defined by TEU’s and not FEU’s?

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Why the size of the container ship is defined by TEU’s and not FEU’s?

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Asked on August 11, 2020
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A ship’s size is usually defined by the amount of cargo / deadweight / volume etc it caters to. Example a handysize vessel is so called because it caters to a certain size and is different from panamax and capesize. So how do we define the size of a container ship? As u know container ship carries ”boxes” unlike bulk carrier which carries cargo in bulk (the unit of which is in tonnes). So how do you define lowest unit on containers? It is the TEU or Twenty footer container. As you know that TEU is the smallest unit – even a FEU (or forty footer) is made up of 2 x TEU (2 20 foot containers). So the unit in which we define the cargo carrying capacity of a container ship is TEU and not FEU.

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Answered on August 23, 2020