Suezmax

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Suezmax is a naval architecture term for the largest ship measurements capable of transiting the Suez Canal, and is almost exclusively used in reference to tankers. Since the canal has no locks, the only serious limiting factors are draft (maximum depth below waterline), and height due to the Suez Canal Bridge. The current channel depth of the canal allows for a maximum of 20.1 m (66 ft) of draft, meaning a few fully laden supertankers are too deep to fit through, and either have to unload part of their cargo to other ships ("transhipment") or to a pipeline terminal before passing through, or alternatively avoid the Suez Canal and travel around Cape Agulhas instead. The canal has been deepened in 2009 from 18 to 20 m (60 to 66 ft).

The typical deadweight of a Suezmax ship is about 240,000 tons and typically has a beam (width) of . Also of note is the maximum head room—"air draft"—limitation of , resulting from the 70 m (230 ft) height above water of the Suez Canal Bridge. Suez Canal Authority produces tables of width and acceptable draft, which are subject to change., which means 20.1 m (66 ft) of draught for ships with the beam no wider than or 12.2 m (40 ft) of draught for ships with maximum allowed beam of 77.5 m...
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