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What types of ships are there?
Not a complete list, but this will give you some idea of the diversity of Merchant ships.

Dry cargo ships

Bulk carriers

The Largest is MS Vale Brasil that can carry 402,347 DWT has a length of 362m and operates with a crew of 33

Container ship

The Largest is M

Livestock carriers

The Largest is MV Ocean Drover ex MV Becrux that can carry carry 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle has a length of 180m and operates with a crew of 45

Refrigerated cargo ships

Salica Frigo that can carry 7748DWT has a length of 132.9m

Roll-on/Roll-off ship

The Largest is MV T

Timber carriers

Fishing vessel

High-speed craft

Hover craft

Hydrofoil craft

Liquid cargo ships

Chemical tanker

LPG Carrier

Oil tanker

Passenger vessels

Car & Passenger Ferry

Cruise Ships

MS Allure of the Seas can carry 6,296 passengers is 362 m in length and has 2,384 officers and crew

Liners

Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,620 passengers is 345 min length, and has 1,253 officers and crew

Luxury & cruising yachts

Special-purpose vessels

Cable layers

Dredgers

Floating cranes

Floating dry docks

Icebreakers

Pilot boats

Research vessels

Tugboats