Tramp ship carrying containers. Image credit

Tramp ship carrying containers. Image credit

ZIMSEC O Level Commerce Notes: Transport: Tramp ships


  • Cargo ships which are for hire.
  • They can be hired for a specific time and journey.
  • They trade on the spot market.
  • They can be chartered at the Baltic Exchange in London.
  • They carry mixed cargo.
  • They travel anywhere in the world in search of cargo to carry.
  • Their freight charges are:
  • fixed by negotiations
  • and often low.
  • They do not have:
  • fixed routes
  • nor do they have fixed time-tables.
  • They have no permanent home port.

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