(redirected from Gross Tonnage)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Gross Tonnage: Deadweight tonnage, Net Tonnage, net tons
See: cargo

TONNAGE, mar. law. The capacity of a ship or vessel.
     2. The act of congress of March 2, 1799, s. 64, 1 Story's L. U. S. 630, directs that to ascertain the tonnage of any ship or vessel, the surveyor, &c. shall, if the said ship or vessel be double decked, take the length thereof from the forepart of the main stem, to the afterpart of the stern post, above the upper deck, the breadth thereof, at the broadest part above the mainwales, half of which breadth shall be accounted the depth of such vessel, and then deduct from the length three-fifths of the breadth, multiply the remainder by the breadth and the product of the depth, and shall divide this last product by ninety-five, the quotients whereof shall be deemed the true contents or tonnage of such ship or vessel. And if such ship or vessel shall be single decked, the said, surveyor shall take the length and breadth as above directed, in respect to a double deck ship or vessel, and shall deduct from the length three-fifths of the breadth, and taking the depth from the underside of the deck plank to the ceiling of the hold, shall multiply and divide as aforesaid, and the quotient shall be deemed the tonnage of such ship or vessel.
     3. The duties paid on the tonnage of a ship or vessel are also called tonnage.
     4. These duties are altogether abolished in relation. to American vessels by the act of May 31, 1830, s. 1, 4 Story's Laws U. S. 2216. And by the second section of the same act, all tonnage duties on foreign vessels are abolished, provided the president of the, United States shall be satisfied that the discriminating or countervailing duties of such foreign nation, so far as they operate to the disadvantage. of the United States, have been abolished.
     5. The constitution of the United States provides, art. 1, s. 10, n. 2, that no state shall, without the consent of congress, lay any duty on tonnage.

References in periodicals archive ?
6 April 2000--A 30,200 gross tonnage Turkish-registered bulk carrier, Hidir Selek, reported being boarded at the stern by three persons armed with long knives while at anchor at Merak.
The protocol sets the limit of liability for claims for loss of life or personal injury for ships not exceeding 2,000 gross tonnage at two million special drawing rights (around US$3 million).
He evokes some of the exhilaration of high-speed destroyer shiphandling in fleet operations, at a time when destroyer divisions maneuvered at a standard distance of five hundred yards and were constrained by nothing except gross tonnage and the occasional floating mine.
As a result, orders from companies categorized as ''other ship owners,'' including Japanese companies, accounted for 66% of the total gross tonnage ordered.
The newly deployed vessels, with a gross tonnage of 5 tons, a length of 12 meters and a price tag of 65 million yen, are faster than other MSA patrol crafts, which have a top speed of 35 knots.
Under International Maritime Organisation regulations, all passenger and cargo ships of more than 300 gross tonnage on international voyages have to carry specified satellite and radiocommunication equipment for sending and receiving distress alerts, maritime safety information and for general communications.
Leading FOC Registries Ranked by Gross Tonnage (1991) Gross Tonnage Rank Country of Registry (in millions) 1.
The 28,631 gross tonnage liner, which carries 804 passengers, was built as Royal Viking Star for the now defunct five-star-rated Royal Viking Line's longdistance ocean cruising, and will sail the first Liverpool - Canada transatlantic crossings since 1971 later this month.
NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd (NasdaqCM: SINO) ("Sino-Global" or the "Company"), a shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company today announced that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement dated April 10, 2015 by and between Sino-Global and Rong Yao International Shipping Limited, a Hong Kong company (the "Vessel Seller"), pursuant to which the Company agreed to acquire, subject to a number of closing conditions, Rong Zhou, an 8,818 gross tonnage oil/chemical transportation tanker (the "Vessel") from the Vessel Seller; and in connection therewith, the Company issued to the Vessel Seller 1.
Ever since Cyprus realised the political, economic and social importance of shipping, as early as 1963, the island's registry has boomed and today ranks tenth among international merchant fleets - with 1,857 ocean going vessels of a gross tonnage exceeding 21 mln -- and is continuously upgrading its services in order to offer a high standard of support to international shipping and a reputation of a "Flag of Progress", according to the Department of Merchant Shipping.