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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


We have received enquiries on the definition of Category 3 tankers and would like to provide further clarification:

Question – Would a tanker between 20,000 and 30,000 dwt without PL/SBT and carrying clean petroleum products be considered a Category 3 tanker rather than a Category 1 tanker?

Answer – Yes. There are in effect two sub-divisions for Category 3 tankers which could have been better explained in the definition. 

  1. 5,000 dwt. to 20,000 dwt for tankers carrying crude oil, fuel oil, heavy diesel oil or lubricating oil as cargo, and
  2. 5,000 dwt. to 30,000 dwt for tankers carrying oil other than the above