Cargo size

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Industrials (commonly referred to as "Haulers") and their Tech 2 variants are the common way of transporting goods, equipment and ships across the EVE universe.

As can be seen in the tables below, Iteron Mark V is the biggest tech 1 cargo hauler. The Impel is the biggest non-capital cargo hauler, with the Occator trailing slightly behind. Bestower is the biggest at low skills, while Mammoth leads the chart with moderate skills.

The Orca and Freighters have not been included in these charts.

Hauler Cargo Sizes

Maximum skill alternatives (skill 5), Tech 2 Cargo Expanders.
Ship Race Base Skills base Slots Total 1T1 2T1 3T1 1T2 2T2 MaxRig
Nereus Gal 2700 3375 5 11372 13077 15039 17295 13646 16375 18832
Kryos Gal 550 550 4 1453 2407
Epithal Gal 550 550 4 1453 2407
Miasmos Gal 550 550 4 1453 2407
Iteron V Gal 5800 7250 5 24428 28092 32306 37152 29314 35176 40453
Occator Gal 5000 6250 6 26850 30877 35509 32220 38664
Viator Gal 3000 3750 3 7773 8938 10279 9327 11192
Hoarder Min 500 500 3 1036 1716
Mammoth Min 5500 6875 5 23165 38360
Wreathe Min 2900 3625 5 12214 20226
Prowler Min 3250 4062.5 2 6604 7595 8734 7925 9510
Mastodon Min 5250 6562.5 5 22112 25428 29243 26534 31841
Sigil Ama 2100 2625 6 11277 18675
Bestower Ama 4800 6000 6 25776 42685
Impel Ama 4000 5000 7 27387 31495 36219 32864 39437
Prorator Ama 2500 3125 4 8258 9497 10922 9910 11892
Badger Cal 3900 4875 4 12883 21334
Tayra Cal 7300 9125 4 24114 39933
Bustard Cal 5500 6875 5 23165 26639 30635 27797 33357
Crane Cal 3500 4375 2 7112 8179 9406 8535 10241
Low skill alternatives (skill 1), Tech 1 Cargo Expanders (meta 0).
Ship Base Skills base Slots Total 1T1 2T1 3T1 1T2 2T2 MaxRig
Nereus 3000 3150 2 4349 5001 5752 6614 5219 6002 6902
Wreathe 3300 3465 2 4784 5501 6327 7276 5741 6602 7592
Sigil 3000 3150 5 7055 8113 9330 10730 8466 9736 11196
Bestower 4800 5040 4 9607 11048 12705 14611 11528 13257 15246
Badger 4125 4331.25 2 5980 6877 7908 9095 7176 8252 9490
Low skill alternatives (skill 2), Tech 1 Cargo Expanders (meta 0).
Ship Base Skills base Slots Total 1T1 2T1 3T1 1T2 2T2 MaxRig
Kryos 3750 4125 2 5695 6549 7532 8662 6834 7859 9038
Hoarder 5100 5610 3 9101 10466 12036 13841 10921 12559 14443
Bestower 4800 5280 4 10064 11574 13310 15307 12077 13889 15972
Badger 4125 4537.5 2 6265 7204 8285 9528 7518 8645 9942
Low skill alternatives (skill 3), Tech 1 Cargo Expanders (meta 0).
Ship Base Skills base Slots Total 1T1 2T1 3T1 1T2 2T2 MaxRig
Epithal 4875 5606.25 3 9095 10459 12028 13832 10914 12551 14433
Hoarder 5100 5865 3 9514 10942 12583 14470 11417 13130 15099
Bestower 4800 5520 4 10522 12100 13915 16002 12626 14520 16698
Tayra 5250 6037.5 3 9794 11263 12953 14896 11753 13516 15543
Low skill alternatives (skill 4), Tech 1 Cargo Expanders (meta 0).
Ship Base Skills base Slots Total 1T1 2T1 3T1 1T2 2T2 MaxRig
Miasmos 5250 6300 3 10220 11753 13516 15543 12264 14104 16219
Mammoth 5625 6750 4 12866 14796 17016 19568 15440 17756 20419
Bestower 4800 5760 4 10979 12626 14520 16698 13175 15151 17424
Tayra 5250 6300 3 10220 11753 13516 15543 12264 14104 16219
Table headers explained:
1T1 = One Tech 1 Cargo Optimization Rig
2T1 = Two Tech 1 Cargo Optimization Rigs
3T1 = Three Tech 1 Cargo Optimization Rigs
1T2 = One Tech 2 Cargo Optimization Rig
2T2 = Two Tech 2 Cargo Optimization Rigs
MaxRig = One Tech 1 Cargo Optimization Rig and Two Tech 2 Cargo Optimization Rigs

Biggest cargo ships in their table/column highlighted with yellow.

Source: Cargo Size Spreadsheet - with rigs. This spread sheet shows how much each hauler can carry with and without the use of cargo expanders and rigs.

Definition of Cargo Size

Cargo size is a term that relates to the size of an object in m³ (meters cubed). Each item in New Eden has a varying cargo size. From minerals that have a size of .01m³, to ships that are 2500m³ (packaged) and larger. Dependant upon the size of the item, depends on how large or small the Cargo size is.

Cargo size is also relative to an item that is unpackaged or packaged. An unpackaged item is in its end state, like fully functional ship. While a packaged item is still a ship, but packaged for transport, and needs to be assembled to use it.

Ships can use cargo expanders or rigs to expand their volume, in m³, that they can carry. Freighters cannot use these, because they have no low slots to fit modules. The benefit of having more cargo space, means you can haul more.

Giant Secure Containers

An additional way of carrying extra cargo is to use (a) Giant Secure Container(s), called GSC for short. These containers have a capacity of 3900m³ but only take up 3000m³ in the cargohold. This provides an extra carrying capacity of 900m³ for each GSC that can be fitted into the hold.

For instance, the Iteron V can fit up to 12 GSC's into its hold, providing an additional 10,800m³ of cargo capacity. Grand total for an Iteron V with 12 GSC's using this trick becomes 49,233m³.

Please note: Not all goods can be safely fitted into a GSC. For example different types livestock and Enriched Uranium.