Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Tramp Vessel

A vessel that does not operate under any regular schedule from one port to another but calls any port where cargo may be obtained.

What is Tramp Vessel?

A tramp vessel is a type of ship that is not part of a regular fleet or schedule, but instead is chartered by specific cargo owners or charterers for a particular voyage or set of voyages. These vessels operate on a voyage-by-voyage basis, and are not bound to any particular schedule or route. Tramp vessels are often used for transporting bulk commodities such as coal, iron ore, and grain, as well as for specialized cargoes such as heavy machinery or oversized equipment. Because tramp vessels are not tied to any particular route or schedule, they offer greater flexibility and can be used to transport cargo to a wide range of destinations around the world.