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
Wonkbook: An old law aimed at German U-boats is sinking Puerto Rico
Washington Post - 6/30/2015 8:44:38 AM
After the First World War, Congress's idea was to protect the country's merchant marine from foreign competition, so that the United States would have plenty of boats and able-bodied sailors at the ready in case the Germans came after the U.S. again in ...
EDITORIAL - Preserving jobs
Philstar - 6/25/2015 4:35:52 PM
Filipinos account for a fifth of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers, remitting billions annually to the country. Another EMSA audit in October 2013 showed an improvement in compliance with the STCW Convention, but the merchant marine academies must still ...
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 2015 commencement
Newsday - 6/20/2015 5:14:36 AM
addressed graduates at Saturday's ceremony in Kings Point, stressing the importance to the nation of the merchant marine's economic ... "I wanted to go active duty at first, serve the country, and then I found out about sailing," said the Pasadena ...
Congresswoman still seeks payments for WWII merchant seamen she calls 'true heroes'
Al.com - 6/24/2015 12:55:08 PM
Thirteen of those co-sponsors have signed on to the bill in the month of June. 'Storming the hill' A delegation of World War II Merchant Marine veterans – in an action they called "storming the hill" – met with Hahn and other members of Congress in the ...
Countries with the largest merchant marine
Mongabay - 1/24/2010 11:57:35 PM
Merchant marine may be defined as all ships engaged in the carriage ... 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 ...
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Ocala StarBanner - 5/5/2013 8:34:54 PM
Elmore "Elmo" Berthelot joined the Merchant Marine at ... vulnerable to enemy attack during World War II. “I wanted to see the world and help save the country. I saw Big Ben,” said Berthelot, 85, in an interview at the Ocala Palms home he shares ...
U.K. Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore
Marine Link - 6/26/2015 3:58:53 PM
Merchant shipbuilding has traditionally been the country’s forte. U.K. companies retain strong ... from surveyors and charterers to specialist equipment manufacturers and three world leading marine leisure clothing brands. Many leading international ...
Global Maritime Trends: U.S. Shipbuilding Will be Vibrant for a Generation
maritimeprofessional.com - 6/22/2015 11:56:04 PM
“The views expressed in this article are Dr. Kumar’s own and not those of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Maritime Administration, the Department of Transportation or the United States government.” The World ... and non-OECD countries, and ...
A father’s life, in bits and pieces
The Charleston Gazette - 6/21/2015 4:23:18 AM
First, he summoned his family from the Old Country ... the Merchant Marine in 1945. (His papers pointedly include a 1992 article about the United States’ belated efforts to recognize the civilian mariners — 6,700 were killed in action in World War ...
MEET A VETERAN: World War II vet trained fighter pilots
Norwich Bulletin - 6/26/2015 12:38:27 PM
He joined the Merchant Marine for a period after the war ... He retired at 59 and started his own travel club, which he ran for 25 years. He took people to 101 countries on every continent. It is still active. He also ran Bob's Fish and Fries for several ...
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 ...
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."
Remi Makanjuola: The ‘Caverton’ entrepreneur
NATIONAL MIRROR - 6/28/2015 11:06:00 PM
These various helicopters are serving commercial needs of over 115 countries throughout the world. The latest version of the venerable series is the Bell 412EP. Aside Carverton Helicopters and Caverton Marine Limited (Shipping), Makanjuola is also the ...
Paving stone tribute to heroic First World War sea captain who fought off U-boat
islingtontribune.com - 6/25/2015 11:59:40 PM
A HEROIC merchant ship captain, posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for saving his vessel from an attacking German U-boat during World War ... cargo for the country. He set a splendid example to the officers and men of the Mercantile Marine.”
Autobiography a great way to share family history
Shreveport Times - 6/22/2015 10:58:48 PM
We have all attended gatherings where family members have reminisced about “the old country” or the “good old days ... My own father was born in Romania and had traveled the world as a merchant marine before settling in Tyler, Texas in 1939.