Definition: Merchant marine may be defined as all ships engaged in the carriage of goods; or all commercial vessels (as opposed to all nonmilitary ships), which excludes tugs, fishing vessels, offshore oil rigs, etc. This entry contains information in four fields - total, ships by type, foreign-owned, and registered in other countries.
Total includes the number of ships (1,000 GRT or over), total DWT for those ships, and total GRT for those ships. DWT or dead weight tonnage is the total weight of cargo, plus bunkers, stores, etc., that a ship can carry when immersed to the appropriate load line. GRT or gross register tonnage is a figure obtained by measuring the entire sheltered volume of a ship available for cargo and passengers and converting it to tons on the basis of 100 cubic feet per ton; there is no stable relationship between GRT and DWT.
Ships by type includes a listing of barge carriers, bulk cargo ships, cargo ships, chemical tankers, combination bulk carriers, combination ore/oil carriers, container ships, liquefied gas tankers, livestock carriers, multifunctional large-load carriers, petroleum tankers, passenger ships, passenger/cargo ships, railcar carriers, refrigerated cargo ships, roll-on/roll-off cargo ships, short-sea passenger ships, specialized tankers, and vehicle carriers.
Foreign-owned are ships that fly the flag of one country but belong to owners in another.
Registered in other countries are ships that belong to owners in one country but fly the flag of another.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Merchant marine map
WW II Merchant Mariners Torpedoed by Congress
Marine Link - 12/11/2014 10:19:51 AM
What the German U-boats couldn’t do in World War II, our U.S. Congress accomplished in one ... Congress had no problem taking care of undocumented immigrant workers in this country. They did so with great fanfare. Yet, our coastwise mariners have been ...
Massena, Canton, Waddington students chosen to attend U.S. military service academies
North Country Now - 12/16/2014 9:09:30 AM
Brendan Broderick of Massena is chosen to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “Attending a U.S. service academy gives a student the opportunity to serve her or his country and receive a world class education at the same time,” said Owens.
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Ocala StarBanner - 5/5/2013 8:34:54 PM
Elmore "Elmo" Berthelot joined the Merchant Marine at age 16. Just months after signing up, he was on the high seas en route to England and France with troops and critical supplies, vulnerable to enemy attack during World War II. “I wanted to see the ...
World Nickel Market to Grow in the Upcoming Years, States Merchant Research & Consulting in its Topical Report
News 8 KFMB - 12/12/2014 2:43:31 PM
2014 Market Review and Forecast worked out by Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd is now available at mcgroup.co.uk The insightful report presents a detailed guide into the nickel market worldwide and by main regions and countries. It analyzes the present ...
Unsung Heroes of World War II: Seamen of the Merchant Marine still struggle for recognition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/29/2004 11:59:38 PM
Former Merchant Marine member ... of veterans who served in World War II," said Dugan, himself a decorated veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm. "The military and the U.S. government put this onus on these people. In this country, that's unthinkable."
Time To Rid The Country Of Another Protectionist Law
Investors Business Daily - 12/10/2014 6:10:30 AM
Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the law requires that vessels used ... Thanks to the Heritage Foundation, we also discover that, according to the World Economic Forum, "the ban on letting foreign ships transship cargo between U.S. ports ...
Countries with the largest merchant marine
Mongabay - 1/24/2010 11:57:35 PM
Merchant marine may be defined as all ships engaged in the carriage ... This entry contains information in four fields - total, ships by type, foreign-owned, and registered in other countries. Total includes the number of ships (1,000 GRT or over), total ...
MILLER M. FAGLEY
Times Herald-Record - 12/13/2014 5:31:09 AM
Fagley, age 97, of Glen Spey where he located after World War II ... Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans. Miller was a master woodcarver, known for his walking sticks with life-like animal heads. He was a cross country ski instructor and ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 PM
is a fairly common response to mention of the Merchant Marine. But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during World War II ... past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked ...
Merchant Marine vets' WWII contribution recognized at Apple Valley ceremony
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 9/25/2014 11:58:20 AM
She has organized a recognition ceremony for her father, who lives in Apple Valley, and about two dozen other Merchant Marine veterans who served during World War II ... and he wanted to serve his country in war." Men who joined the Merchant Marines ...
Philip Sustersic sails seas of memories at presentation of honors for Merchant Marine service during World War II
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/5/2013 3:31:32 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Philip Sustersic was 17, he couldn’t get his parents to sign his enlistment papers to join the armed forces during World War II. So Sustarsic and five buddies from Cleveland volunteered for the U.S. Merchant Marine. If their ...
Malta’s merchant marine register is the seventh largest world-wide
The Malta Independent - 11/8/2014 10:58:59 AM
Over 6,600 ships are registered in Malta under the Merchant Shipping Act, making the Maltese merchant fleet the seventh largest world-wide. Speaking with the ... and today, the country is increasingly adding high-class ships to its fleet.
John Masarik's career goes from Merchant Marine in WWII to Fred Meyer
The Portland Tribune - 8/29/2014 10:45:58 PM
John served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and beyond ... So John made candy his second career: He first got a job at the Candy Kitchen at the Fred Meyer store at 11th and Hawthorne in Southeast Portland, and Ethel added, "In the old days ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
WASHINGTON - During World ... their country in history's deadliest war. Yet when they came home, they did not receive the cornucopia of benefits that a grateful nation bestowed on returning veterans. Willner and Rosen served in the US Merchant Marine.
At 87, Merchant Mariner finally honored as a U.S. veteran
Morrison County Record - 11/9/2014 6:54:25 AM
Merchant Marine ships during World War II were nationalized ... These gentlemen gave their all for their country and were told nothing they did counted,” she said. “Since they are all in their mid-80s and 90s, this was probably the last chance they ...