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
Press Release: Merchant Marine Captain Susan Orsini to be Featured on Close-Up Talk Radio
Ticker Report - 3/4/2014 2:06:55 PM
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The far-flung 'maritime mafia' knows its own
workingwaterfront.com - 3/6/2014 6:50:53 PM
The merchant marine is a relatively obscure industry. At Maine Maritime Academy, we talk to people about what we do, and the sea stories are all so exotic and unique to many folks. The only time people notice us in public is when we wear our uniforms.
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Star-Banner - 5/6/2013 12:23:58 AM
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 ...
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
HeraldStandard.com - 3/16/2012 11:53:35 PM
Today's ... two local men who served their country during World War II as part of the "forgotten service" . . . the U. S. Merchant Marine. This is a story about Americans who died by the thousands while advancing the cause of freedom in World War II. In ...
Countries with the largest merchant marine
News.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 ...
Artist, WWII Merchant Marine Hans Skalagard
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/9/2013 12:02:37 AM
Artist Hans Skalagard, 89, a merchant marine during World War II and the Korean War, at his home in Petaluma on Nov. 8, 2013. Like other merchant marine combat veterans, Skalagard was never compensated for his wartime service or received extended GI Bill ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/11/2011 5:18:59 PM
But when World War II was over, the Merchant Marine's greatest advocate ... through the Suez Canal, past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked, but they took zig-zag routes to avoid the German submarines that plied ...
United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. News Rankings & Reviews - 3/6/2014 11:37:12 PM
giving them the experience of potential careers after graduation and enabling them to visit on average 18 foreign countries. USMMA is home to the American Merchant Marine Museum, which exhibits marine art, ship models, and nautical artifacts. The Kings ...
A Merchant Marine Second to None?
foreignaffairs.com - 2/28/2013 11:54:52 PM
Many other countries, including France ... We do not sacrifice anything by giving up the idea of having the largest merchant marine in the world for prestige purposes. If the reserve fleet plan is not feasible, some other basis of compromise must be ...
Recognition Eludes World War II Heroes
New York Times - 10/25/1987 11:53:38 PM
I quote a message by President Truman to my father, who was in the merchant marine in World War II. ''To you who answered the call of your country and served in its merchant marine to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston.com - 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 ...
Merchant Marine veteran saw action in World War II and Vietnam War
Jupiter Courier - 5/13/2012 1:37:47 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE — As a crew member on merchant ships, Jack Suder dodged German submarines in World War II and Viet Cong riverine ... Suder is still bitter that many people think members of the Merchant Marine are not war veterans. "We lost more men ...
U.S. News and World Report Ranks U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Second Best Public Regional College
Yahoo! Finance - 9/16/2013 4:44:24 PM
... The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (U.S. Merchant Marine) is America's second best public regional college in the North and third best regional college according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings. USMMA has moved up the rankings ...
Merchant Marine looks back at service in WWII, Korea
Petaluma 360 - 11/11/2013 4:49:34 PM
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