Country Comparison > Merchant marine

RankCountryMerchant marine
1Panama5,764
2Liberia1,948
3China1,775
4Malta1,281
5Bahamas, The1,213
6Singapore1,131
7Russia1,130
8Antigua and Barbuda1,059
9Hong Kong1,009
10Indonesia965
11Marshall Islands902
12Cyprus868
13Greece824
14Korea, South738
15Norway715
16Japan676
17Italy604
18Cambodia586
19Saint Vincent and the Grenadines582
20Netherlands566
21Turkey565
22India477
23United Kingdom474
24United States446
25Thailand405
26Philippines383
27Germany382
28Vietnam314
29Malaysia304
30Denmark299
31Isle of Man297
32Belize261
33Gibraltar216
34Georgia209
35Sweden194
36Ukraine193
37Korea, North171
38Canada171
39Spain167
40Comoros144
41France141
42Netherlands Antilles138
43Brazil135
44Bermuda133
45Iran131
46Honduras126
47Cayman Islands124
48Portugal117
49Sierra Leone113
50Saint Kitts and Nevis104
51Taiwan102
52Syria96
53Finland92
54Azerbaijan86
55Egypt77
56Croatia75
57Tuvalu74
58Mongolia73
59Barbados71
60Bulgaria71
61Belgium68
62Monaco64
63Mexico60
64United Arab Emirates60
65Saudi Arabia59
66Venezuela59
67Nigeria55
68Slovakia54
69Dominica53
70Australia52
71Vanuatu51
72Lithuania50
73Chile48
74Argentina47
75Luxembourg45
76Bangladesh41
77Kuwait38
78Lebanon35
79Morocco35
80Algeria35
81Burma33
82Ecuador33
83Estonia33
84Switzerland32
85Jordan30
86Ireland27
87Slovenia26
88Bolivia25
89Albania24
90Sri Lanka24
91Papua New Guinea24
92Paraguay22
93Latvia22
94Maldives22
95Qatar20
96Romania19
97Israel18
98Libya17
99Cook Islands16
100Faroe Islands16
101Colombia15
102Pakistan14
103Tonga14
104Uruguay14
105Jamaica13
106French Polynesia13
107Iraq13
108Cuba12
109Poland11
110New Zealand11
111Ethiopia10
112Trinidad and Tobago9
113Madagascar9
114Tanzania9
115Wallis and Futuna8
116Turkmenistan8
117Tunisia8
118Moldova8
119Fiji8
120Cape Verde8
121Brunei8
122Austria7
123Bahrain7
124Guyana7
125Kiribati7
126Sao Tome and Principe7
127Seychelles6
128Peru6
129Kazakhstan5
130Mauritius5
131Gambia, The5
132Eritrea5
133Angola5
134Montenegro4
135Yemen4
136Puerto Rico3
137Sudan3
138Micronesia, Federated States of3
139Ghana3
140Greenland2
141Iceland2
142Gabon2
143South Africa2
144Togo2
145Oman2
146Mozambique2
147New Caledonia2
148Suriname1
149Laos1
150Kenya1
151Turks and Caicos Islands1
152Somalia1
153Czech Republic1
154Equatorial Guinea1
155Dominican Republic1
156Djibouti1
157Costa Rica1
158Cameroon1
159Congo, Republic of the1
160Congo, Democratic Republic of the1
161Samoa1
162East Timor1
163Namibia1

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, 2012

See also: Merchant marine map

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