Define Feeder Vessels

Feeder Vessels

Feeder vessels are short-sea vessel which carries cargo between a central “hub” port and smaller “spoke” ports. Feeder vessels can be barges or just small ships.

In other words, Feeders are the vessels that pick up shipping containers from the smaller ports that have less traffic and bring them to the larger vessels for their main voyage. These larger vessels are known as Mother Vessels which are big in size compared to feeder vessel and only serve between major big ports. 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.

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