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, 2014See also: Merchant marine map
From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World
WBUR - 6/25/2016 5:42:53 PM
"People want to take their country back," Trump said, "They want to have independence, in a sense. And you see it in Europe, all over Europe." French far-right leader Marine Le Pen reacts ... We fought against the big merchant banks. We fought against ...
Markets Reel as World Absorbs Shock of UK Vote for Brexit
ABC News - 6/25/2016 11:59:17 AM
The U.K.'s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial ... Populist politicians including France's Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands' Geert Wilders hailed the result ...
Feminism means nothing to poor Indian women: Hoshang Merchant
Firstpost - 6/25/2016 11:02:01 AM
Doesn’t mean anything to a country of poor women ... of my new book Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant is from (Martin) Heidegger –“What are poets for? Poets are there to sing the night of the world”. Coming to the second part of your question ...
World absorbs shock after Britons vote to quit EU in historic referendum
Japan Times - 6/25/2016 11:37:48 AM
The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shock waves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial ... Populist politicians including France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders hailed ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 PM
is a fairly common response to mention of the Merchant Marine. But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during World War II ... past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked ...
The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II
Smithsonian.com - 5/26/2016 11:19:06 PM
“He was associated with rotgut whiskey, waterfront brawls and quickie strikes that held up big passenger ships at New York, New Orleans and San Francisco . . .” The era was the earliest stages of the United States’ involvement in World War ...
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
Former Merchant Marine member ... of veterans who served in World War II," said Dugan, himself a decorated veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm. "The military and the U.S. government put this onus on these people. In this country, that's unthinkable."
World War II Merchant Marine Memorial Finally Gets a Head
NBC Bay Area - 12/1/2011 11:57:36 PM
... Marines have long complained their contributions during World War II went unnoticed, even though they suffered heavy casualties. “We lost thousands of men,” said retired Merchant Marine captain Mark Shafer. “In fact, we never would’ve won ...
Chicago Tribune - 12/16/1985 11:55:59 PM
Donna J. Fournier described her viewpoint on how females are ``short-changed`` in the military and civilian service of their country. Don`t feel bad, Lt. Fournier, I served in the U.S. Maritime Service (Merchant Marines) during World War II for over six years.
WWII Merchant Mariners Refused Memorial Day Benefits
The Maritime Executive - 5/23/2014 4:42:35 PM
including burials in the country’s 120 national cemeteries. The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the world’s oldest preeminent professional merchant marine union, implores Senators returning to Washington after the Memorial Day ...
World War II Shows Why We Need the Merchant Marine
Time - 4/21/2016 6:02:42 PM
Exactly how to maintain a healthy Merchant Marine for international trade is a complex question. U.S. flagged ships are more expensive to operate than ships from many foreign countries ... it play a greater role than in World War II, and a glance back ...
American Merchant Marine Museum Reopens – World War II Japanese Surrender Sword Analyzed by Metropolitan Museum of Art Expert
Long Island - 8/24/2015 11:52:56 PM
orld War II Japanese Surrender Sword Analyzed by Metropolitan Museum of Art Exper - See more at: http://www.usmma.edu/american-merchant-marine-museum-reopens-%E2%80%93-world-war-ii-japanese-surrender-sword-analyzed#sthash.Nmln1bOp.dpuf World War II ...
Marine Le Pen Hails Brexit, Calls For French Referendum
Talk Of The Devils - 6/26/2016 11:22:18 AM
France is one of the countries pressing Britain to kickstart the process of ... "It is disturbing that the oldest democracy in the world turns its back on us".
KDB to Bail Out Hyundai Merchant Marine
World Maritime News - 4/21/2016 7:18:27 AM
Troubled South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is to become a subsidiary of state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) so as to avoid the company from going bust. According to an official from HMM’s creditors, cited by the Business ...
Merchant Marine vets’ WWII contribution recognized at Apple Valley ceremony
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 9/23/2014 11:56:32 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 ...