Dry Bulk Ships
  Handysize
  Handymax
  Panamax
  Kamsarmax
  Capesize
  VLOC / VLBC
  Valemax

Dry bulk cargoes
  Coal
  Grain
  Iron ore
  Bauxite / Alumina
  Phosphate Rock

Minor dry bulk cargoes
  Petroleum Coke
  Manganese Ore
  Salt
  Tapioca

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Handysize refers to a dry bulk vessel (or, less commonly, to a product tanker) with deadweight of about 15,000–35,000 tons. There is no well-defined or widely accepted size sector below 15,000 tons.

Handysize ships are very flexible because their size allows them to enter smaller ports, and in most cases they are 'geared' - i.e. fitted with cranes - which means that they can load and discharge cargoes at ports which lack cranes or other cargo handling systems. Compared to larger bulk carriers, handysizes carry a wider variety of cargo types. These include steel products, grain, metal ores, phosphate, cement, logs, woodchips and other types of so-called 'break bulk cargo'.

Handysize bulkers are built mainly by shipyards in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, though a few other countries also have the capacity to build such vessels. The most common industry-standard specification handysize bulker is now about 32,000 metric tons of deadweight on a summer draft of about 10 metres (33 ft), and features 5 cargo holds with hydraulically operated hatch covers, with four 30 metric ton cranes for cargo handling.

Despite multiple recent orders for new ships, the handysize sector still has the highest average age profile of the major bulk carrier sectors.