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English definition of “deadweight tonnage”

deadweight tonnage

noun [U]
 
 
(abbreviation dwt, also dead weight (carrying) capacity) TRANSPORT
the maximum weight a ship can carry, including goods, passengers, fuel, etc. shown by a line on the ship's side that the water must not go past when it is floating in the water: Deadweight tonnage is expressed internationally in tonnes.
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