Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Feeder Vessel

Feeder Vessel is a vessel used to connect with a mother vessel to service a port not called at by the mother or line vessel.

What is Feeder Vessel?

Feeder vessel is normally small in size compared to Mother vessel. Feeder vessels serve between smaller ports and major ports. In other words, feeder vessels feed cargo to mother vessel from smaller ports to large ports for exports and from major main ports to smaller ports for imports. Compared to mother vessel, feeder vessel is slow.