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
Turkey Ratifies Ballast Water Convention
Marine Link - 10/14/2014 9:12:38 AM
Turkey today, October 14, ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, bringing the number of Contracting States to 43 countries, representing approximately 32.54% of world merchant shipping ... Sekimizu during the Marine Environment ...
Nazi U Boat wreck gives glimpse of World War II battle fought at US doorstep
The Christian Science Monitor - 10/22/2014 6:00:01 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 more sign up to BWM Convention
tankeroperator.com - 10/17/2014 10:42:08 AM
This brings the number of contracting states to 43 countries, representing about 32.54% of world merchant shipping tonnage ... s instrument of accession was presented during this week’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) session, while ...
Ballast Water Management Convention ratified by 4 more countries: Japan, Tonga, Jordan and Congo
PortNews - 10/14/2014 12:33:04 PM
This has been announced at the 67th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, member of the RF delegation told IAA PortNews. As of today, 42 Contracting States represent 32.02% of world merchant shipping tonnage. 35% of global tonnage ...
Cut the red tape! Government and Opposition agree on need to change procurement rules
Jamaica Gleaner - 10/19/2014 5:31:57 AM
"As a small country with an underdeveloped economy seeking ... a consortium owned by CMA, CGM, and China Merchant Marine submitted a bid. PSA and DP World declined to submit tenders due in part to their concerns about the implications for the viability ...
World Fuel Services Corporation to Host Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call
Yahoo Finance - 10/16/2014 8:01:40 PM
World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories ... payment solutions and merchant processing services to customers in the aviation, marine and land transportation ...
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 ...
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 ...
Constitution takes trip before 3-year restoration
Stars and Stripes - 10/17/2014 4:25:44 PM
The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat left its ... one of the oldest fortified sites in the country, and a 17-gun salute at the Coast Guard's Boston base. After Friday's trip, the ship will undergo dry-dock preparations, including removal ...