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
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 ...
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
In this country, that's unthinkable ... A Needless Sinking," an essential reference work about the Merchant Marine of World War II. Click photo for larger image. "We marched and marched from morning until late at night," said Michael McKee, 78, of ...
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
Herald Standard - 3/17/2012 1:55:16 AM
In doing so, he inadvertently became one of many area residents who served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. Next week, we will share Red's story and identify other local men who served their country in this "forgotten service." Glenn Tunney's ...
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 ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 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 ...
‘Argentina needs a modern, competitive national merchant marine law’
Buenos Aires Herald - 9/15/2014 11:27:14 AM
The country loses about US$7 billion a year in freight paid ... what we never had and now it is normal to have national flag vessels, because the world of the merchant marine has advanced at a pace that we were not able to keep. The latest initiative ...
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 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.
Numbers dwindling, local Merchant Marine vets will meet one last time
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 5/23/2014 12:00:25 AM
For a couple of decades, on the second Monday of the month, a group of U.S. Merchant Marine veterans from World War II has met in the back ... They are passionate about what they did and proud of serving our country, and they just want to be recognized ...
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 heartfelt thanks ...
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 ...
John Masarik's career goes from Merchant Marine in WWII to Fred Meyer
The Portland Tribune - 9/6/2014 11:05:06 PM
... States Merchant Marine Memorial on the Portland waterfront that was dedicated in 2010 and honors the 6,800 Merchant Marine seamen "who gave their lives in combat defending ship, cargo and country during World War II, Dec. 7, 1941, to Aug. 15, 1945."
MV Cape Ray returns to Hampton Roads
Daily Press - 9/20/2014 9:26:47 AM
The Merchant Marines ship MV Cape Ray and ... women and children as part of the country's ongoing civil war, according to news reports. Mustard gas, first used in World War I, is a blister agent that causes severe lung damage. DF is mixed with alcohol ...
Merchant marine veteran to get World War II medals
Navy Times - 7/3/2014 12:19:13 PM
ROCHESTER, N.H. — A World War II veteran from New Hampshire is getting his ... Sanborn served aboard U.S. Merchant Marine ships from 1945-1946. According to Shea-Porter’s office, he is active in the veteran community and often pushes others to inquire ...
Man has ‘bone to pick’ with post-WWII treatment of merchant mariners
Times and Democrat - 8/10/2014 4:10:20 AM
Charles Hilderbrand enlisted in the Merchant Marine at the tender age of 17 while a junior ... Hilderbrand, served his country during World War I. Upon completing basic training, the graduates traveled by train to San Francisco, California.