Coastal trading vessel
Coastal trading vessels, also known as coasters, are shallow-hulled ship
Since the end of the age of sail a ship has been any large buoyant marine vessel. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on size and cargo or passenger capacity. Ships are used on lakes, seas, and rivers for a variety of activities, such as the transport of people or goods, fishing,...

s used for trade between locations on the same island or continent. Their shallow hulls mean that they can get through reef
In nautical terminology, a reef is a rock, sandbar, or other feature lying beneath the surface of the water ....

s where deeper-hulled sea-going ships usually cannot.

See also

  • Short sea shipping
    Short sea shipping
    The modern terms Short sea shipping and marine highway refer to the historical terms coastal trade, coasting trade and coastwise trade, which encompass the movement of cargo and passengers mainly by sea, without directly crossing an ocean. Deep sea shipping, intercontinental shipping or ocean...

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