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
Viewpoint: Merchant seamen deserve recognition
The Herald Bulletin - 10/22/2014 10:39:11 PM
The U.S. Merchant Marine seamen of World War II were civilians and volunteered to be ... our Merchant Marine song is never played in concerts honoring their branches. It’s time that our country’s citizens become aware of what we did to bring the ...
Nazi U Boat wreck gives glimpse of World War II battle fought at US doorstep
The Christian Science Monitor - 10/22/2014 5:24:13 PM
Lodged beneath sand and silt, scientists have uncovered two vessels off the coast of North Carolina that provide new insight into the events of World ... the country's doorstep, says David Alberg, superintendent of the NOAA's Monitor National Marine ...
Two World War II Battle Ships Discovered Off North Carolina
Yahoo News - 10/22/2014 3:58:19 PM
Two World War II vessels that sunk ... could not resist the chance to attack the merchant convoy when it came into the U-boat's sights on July 15. View gallery A sonar image of Bluefields, the merchant marine sunk by U-576's torpedoes.
Merchant Marine vets' WWII contribution recognized at Apple Valley ceremony
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 9/24/2014 11:55:21 PM
As a member of the Merchant Marine during World War II, James Harris faced Kamikaze attacks ... "But patriotism was high, and he wanted to serve his country in war." Men who joined the Merchant Marines volunteered to deliver troops, armaments, tanks ...
Researchers discover two vessels from WWII convoy battle off North Carolina coast
News Channel3 - 10/21/2014 11:30:29 PM
Two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic ... According to NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, the Bluefields was part of a group of 19 merchant ships escorted by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard en route from Norfolk ...
Global Graphite Demand Is Set to Grow in Years Ahead, States Merchant Research & Consulting in Its Topical Research Study
WKRG News 5 - 10/23/2014 2:52:43 PM
In 2013, the country accounted for a 68% ... 2014 Market Review and Forecast elaborated by Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd is now available at mcgroup.co.uk The report provides a deep research of the world graphite industry, presenting access to the ...
Expand memorial scope: Legion
Fort Frances Times - 10/28/2014 6:43:00 PM
In 1982, the dates of the Second World War and Korean War were added around ... army, air force, or merchant marine, who died or may die for their country in all conflicts—past, present, and future,” the website says. Veterans Affairs critic Peter ...
Wreckage of a Nazi U-Boat Was Found Off the Coast of North Carolina
Smithsonian.com - 10/22/2014 11:57:56 PM
Researchers from NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries just uncovered the remains of a World War II skirmish that took place ... ships on his four prior patrols and probably saw the 19 merchant vessels of convoy KS-520 plodding south at 8 knots as a chance ...
Georgetown Sailing Wins MAISA Match Racing Championship
GUHoyas - 10/27/2014 3:02:17 PM
Match Race Championships at the Merchant Marine Academy last weekend, defending its conference championship from one year ago. The Hoyas, the defending national championship and the World University Champions (representing the United States), sailed a ...
Nazi U-Boat North Carolina: WWII-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off US Coast
News Max - 10/22/2014 3:26:42 AM
The vessels, lost for more than 70 years, were involved in World ... Marine Sanctuary, said in the release. "But few people realize how close the war actually came to America’s shores. As we learn more about the underwater battlefield, [American merchant ...
D-Day 70, 2014 WWII Mechant Marine Service Act
Marine Link - 6/6/2014 4:47:27 PM
During the 70th observance of D-Day, 10,000 surviving World War II American merchant marines, the International Organization ... It includes Department of Defense 2015 funding and the WWII Merchant Marine Service Act provision, authored by Butterfield ...
Merchant marine veteran gets World War II medals
Concord Monitor - 7/3/2014 11:53:34 PM
A World War II veteran from New Hampshire received his service ... including several combat medals and bars. Sanborn served aboard U.S. Merchant Marine ships from 1945-46. According to Shea-Porter’s office, he is active in the veteran community and ...
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.
Truck by truck, Israel builds trade gateway to Arab world
Reuters - 7/1/2014 10:34:12 AM
Turkey’s Directorate General of Merchant Marine, part of that country’s transport ministry ... hopes that the Jewish state can become a commercial gateway to the Arab world. Israel plans to invest at least 6 billion shekels ($1.7 billion) in ...
Historical Potpourri: Merchant Marine and Military Cemetery
Ruidoso News - 10/9/2014 3:37:57 PM
as a "memorial to Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II wherever they are." On various headstones there was money. These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their lives while serving in America's military ...