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deadweight tonnage

noun, Nautical
the capacity in long tons of cargo, passengers, fuel, stores, etc. (deadweight tons) of a vessel: the difference between the loaded and light displacement tonnage of the vessel.
Also called deadweight capacity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The summer deadweight tonnage is a standard statistical measurement of ships as reported in many trade manuals.

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