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’
Star-Banner - 5/6/2013 12:45:26 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 ...
MICHAEL JEWELL, Boston: Support jobs through U.S. Merchant Marine
Patriot Ledger - 5/14/2013 1:47:32 AM
It guarantees our country a base of highly skilled merchant mariners prepared ... It’s time to support pro-job policies and stop attacking the U.S. Merchant Marine. Every day American workers face threats to the security of their jobs.
Letters: IRS, sex abuse and the Merchant Marines
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog) - 5/17/2013 1:32:39 PM
These brave mariners carried personnel, supplies and equipment needed by the Allies to defeat the enemy in World War II, which included the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa ... Developmental centers offer integration in the community inside and ...
Merchant Marine Academy alumni to honor National Maritime Day
theday.com - 4/29/2013 7:34:36 AM
New London — The Connecticut Shoreline Chapter of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation will honor National Maritime Day at New London’s Merchant Marine Memorial on Wednesday, May 22. The public is invited to attend the memorial service at ...
Marine Le Pen plays down spine injury after swimming pool accident
The Guardian - 5/19/2013 12:54:29 PM
Marine Le Pen has rushed to reassure party activists and supporters of the far-right Front National that she is fine after her father revealed she had fractured her back falling into an empty swimming pool. On Sunday, party officials joined in the chorus ...
US Marines pack up in Afghanistan as Taliban wages spring offensive
NBCNews.com - 5/11/2013 11:55:22 PM
It was the summer of 2012 and the most dangerous part of the mission – when soldiers get complacent and make mistakes. So, even in 130-degree heat, Cpl. Randy Derstine and his men of the 1 st Battalion, 8th Marines, patrolled hard in the ...
South Korea: The little dynamo that sneaked up on the world
The Christian Science Monitor - 5/19/2013 4:29:14 PM
Yet even after the sinking of the Cheonan, Ms. Park's predecessor, President Lee Myung-bak, was optimistic enough to propose a "reunification tax" to prepare ... its unemployment rate never rose above 3.7 percent while income per capita soared ...
Marines train for expanded embassy guard program
CNN - 5/11/2013 1:08:08 AM
After they get a face full of pepper spray, the Marines must immediately complete a course that includes various defensive obstacles. "We need to have an understanding of what it does," 21-year-old Cpl ... of the September 11, 2012, attack ...
Obama Aims Budget Torpedo at Merchant Mariner Unions
Democratic Underground.com - 5/13/2013 10:31:16 AM
Unions believe the Obama administration's proposed changes to a U.S. humanitarian food aid program could mean a loss of jobs for upward of 1,200 Merchant Marine personnel ... a way to benefit undernourished countries, would idle U.S. shipping ...
The Mississippi Marine Brigade
New York Times Blogs - 5/18/2013 12:31:12 AM
Disunion follows the Civil War as it unfolded. Alfred W. Ellet, Charles Ellet, Civil War (US) (1861-65), Mississippi Marine Brigade In America’s modern wars, Special Forces have played a key role in hunting down and destroying enemy guerrillas.
XCAT World Series, Marinepool join forces in three-year deal
ameinfo.com - 5/18/2013 2:43:02 PM
Founded in 1991 by German sailors, the company now boasts sales in 43 countries worldwide, an extensive global network of retail partners and is official supplier to a host of watersport events, racing circuits, grand prix sailing teams and national ...
Marine Harvest tries to coax Cermaq into merger
FIS - 5/7/2013 3:39:02 PM
and increased diversification across countries which should slash biological risk over time. The company said it would continue all business areas in both firms. Currently, Marine Harvest takes up 22 per cent of the market capitalisation of publicly listed ...
Marine Harvest changes conditions for its bid on Cermaq
FIS - 5/15/2013 3:15:14 PM
Marine Harvest ASA has announced that it will change the conditions for its voluntary offer for the shares in Cermaq ASA as a result of the very positive reaction from the private shareholders of Cermaq to a bid being launched, Marine Harvest wrote in a ...
10 Years and Another World Later
The Huffington Post - 5/16/2013 7:17:26 PM
Ten years ago, I was a 20-year-old Marine who was about to cause a world of trouble by ... and sentenced to six months in military prison -- but not before I was able to travel around the country informing people in the military their right to dissent ...
Marine from Mayaguez incident to be buried
The Wenatchee World Online - 5/14/2013 11:51:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says fragmentary remains of a Marine who perished in a failed helicopter rescue of the crew of the merchant ship Mayaguez in May 1975 will be buried Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. The Pentagon said it accounted ...