Definition of gross tonnage in English:

gross tonnage


mass noun
  • 1The size or carrying capacity of a ship measured in gross tons.

    ‘all vessels over 300 gross tonnage are required to participate’
    count noun ‘the MSC Divina has a gross tonnage of 135,000 tons’
    • ‘The 114,000 ton figure is not the ship's weight but its gross tonnage, which is a measure of a ship's interior volume.’
    • ‘This includes cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages, and passenger ships irrespective of size.’
    • ‘Effort control measurements are currently based largely on the reduction of capacity, measured in terms of days fished, engine power, and gross tonnage.’
    • ‘People often compare the ship's displacement with gross tonnage, and this is absolutely wrong.’
    • ‘On a freighter, the gross tonnage refers to the space that is available for cargo, one ton usually being 40 cubic feet.’
    • ‘The North Star is a larger vessel than the Kanawha, her gross tonnage being 818 tons.’
    • ‘Most are over three times the length of an American football field, with gross tonnage of 100,000 or more.’
    • ‘The ship, which has more than twice the gross tonnage of the Titanic, drifted for a few hundred yards before keeling over in shallow water.’
    • ‘What they pay is decided by the gross tonnage of the ship and not their 'threat' level.’
    • ‘She was built in France and has a gross tonnage of 79 tons.’
    1. 1.1 Shipping considered in terms of total carrying capacity measured in gross tons.
      ‘the International Group insures 90 percent of the world's gross tonnage’
      • ‘Bangladesh's ship recycling industry has an annual gross tonnage capacity of more than 8.8 million.’
      • ‘They forecast an expansion in container and gross tonnage handling across all Colombian ports in 2015.’
      • ‘Half of the members of its shipbuilding industry could go bankrupt within the next two years, given the decline in gross tonnage of orders.’
      • ‘We envisage growth in gross tonnage and box traffic at Mombasa’
      • ‘Gross tonnage has increased, and we are pleased that our financial stability, claims management, and service have attracted more tonnage from existing members.’
      • ‘Although some ports saw an estimated contraction in either gross tonnage or container handling in 2013, 2014 will see these facilities return to growth.’
      • ‘This is subject to acceptance by at least two-thirds of parties constituting not less than 50 per cent gross tonnage of the world merchant fleet.’
      • ‘The IMO based its information on returns from 39 governments that represent 83.6 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage.’
      • ‘While the UK will be expected to slash gross tonnage by a massive 23 per cent, Spain will only face a cut of 9.4 per cent.’
      • ‘It was ratified by 30 members with a total share in the world gross tonnage of ships of at least 33 per cent.’