A general cargo vessel is defined as any vessel that has been designed to carry a wide range of packaged cargoes from one location to another.
Over time the specific needs of industry and consumer demands has resulted in vessels being adapted to provide for particular trades or routes. These vessels are also designed to transport ‘project’ cargoes which will often be large, oversized or heavy equipment that it is not possible to carry on other types of vessels.
Many of these general cargo vessels servicing traditional markets will be equipped with their own cranes. This makes it possible to visit smaller ports often found in inaccessible places and discharge and load their own cargo.