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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The market term Panamax describes vessels in the range of 50,000 – 80,000 dwt and max. beam 32.1m, capable of navigating through Panama Canal.

Formally, the limits and requirements are published by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) titled "Vessel Requirements". These requirements also describe topics like exceptional dry seasonal limits, propulsion, communications and detailed ships design. The allowable size is limited by the width and length of the available lock chambers, by the depth of the water in the canal and by the height of the Bridge of the Americas since that bridge's construction. These dimensions give clear parameters for ships destined to traverse the Panama Canal, and have influenced the design of cargo ships, naval vessels, and passenger ships.

Panamax is determined principally by the dimensions of the canal's lock chambers, each of which is 110 ft (33.53 m) wide by 1,050 ft (320.04 m) long, and 41.2 ft (12.56 m) deep.

The plans to build another set of locks, larger than the older ones, have led to the creation of "New Panamax", based on new lock dimensions of 1,400 ft (427 m), beam 180 ft (55 m) and depth 60 ft (18.3 m).[2] Naval architects and civil engineers are already taking into account these dimensions for container ships