Table 3 Average Tonnage of Container Vessels at U.S. Seaports by Coast: 2002 and 2010

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In terms of deadweight tons

Coast Region 2002 2010 Difference Percent
Atlantic North Atlantic 40,977 53,256 12,279 30%
Puerto Rico 21,762 23,526 1,765 8%
South Atlantic 42,636 49,749 7,113 17%
Atlantic Total   40,769 49,760 8,991 22%
Gulf Total Gulf 31,831 39,475 7,644 24%
Pacific Pacific Northwest 45,510 53,044 7,534 17%
Pacific Southwest 46,055 58,813 12,758 28%
Pacific Total   45,912 57,354 11,441 25%
Grand Total 42,158 51,263 9,105 22%

NOTE: Deadweight tons – is the total weight in long tons (2,240 pounds) that a vessel is transporting, including ballast and bunker fuel, crew and equipment, and cargo.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Maritime Vessels Calls at U.S. Ports by Vessel Type. http://www.marad.dot.gov/ (accessed June 17, 2011).




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