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
World War II Shows Why We Need the Merchant Marine
Time - 4/21/2016 6:02:42 PM
U.S. flagged ships are more expensive to operate than ships from many foreign countries ... The Merchant Marine has played a critical role in every major American military conflict since the Revolution. Never did it play a greater role than in World ...
Act key to helping freight move FAST across the country
Lexington Clipper Herald - 5/3/2016 8:22:58 AM
A U.S. Senate field hearing, “Keeping Goods Moving in America’s Heartland,” was held by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure ... offer products domestically or around the world. One of her goals in the Senate was to pass ...
Testimony: Act key to helping freight move FAST across the country
Star-Herald - 5/2/2016 6:29:37 AM
Economic development and keeping products moving cross country were among the discussions during a ... America’s Heartland,” was held by the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee in Scottsbluff ...
Millennials in the Merchant Marine
The Maritime Executive - 4/29/2016 6:43:19 PM
The merchant marine is seeing this same change ... we need a framework that supports sailor development as: Until the world's vessels are all remotely controlled, or our military forces no longer need supplies, we will need merchant mariners.
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 ... checks and case studies featuring some of the largest ports across the world. Our diverse range of topics will allow delegates to learn best ...
India says its top court must rule on Italian marine's bail
FOX News - 5/3/2016 6:57:04 AM
NEW DELHI – India says its Supreme Court must approve the return of an Italian marine to his country while international arbitration plays out in the case accusing him and another marine of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen in 2012. The Indian ...
Student, United States Merchant Marine Academy
maritimeprofessional.com - 5/2/2016 8:59:56 AM
Plus the ability to serve the country ... world, but has an inner calling for yachting. "I’d like to give yachting a try but I’m really open to any boating experience at this point, whether it be yachting or on a workboat." A naval architecture and ...
Italian marine Girone to return home, bail conditions to be laid by India's Supreme Court
Firstpost - 5/3/2016 10:24:39 AM
The other marine, Massimiliano Latorre ... that "the Supreme Court of India exercises jurisdiction over him", the MEA statement said. The two countries have been asked to approach the SC for relaxation of bails with conditions put down by the Indian ...
The world's best new spas
CNN - 5/2/2016 8:59:56 AM
From health retreats on Sicily's sun-kissed Mediterranean coast to high-end hammams in the Caribbean, we've handpicked the world's 10 best new spas ... the medicinal and therapeutic use of seawater and marine elements. It has an extensive thalassotherapy ...
Tribunal: India, Italy Should Agree on Italian Marine's Bail
The New Indian Express - 5/3/2016 8:44:26 AM
NEW DELHI: India and Italy should work toward an agreement to allow an Italian marine to return home while an arbitration process continues in the fatally shootings of two Indian fishermen in 2012, a tribunal said Tuesday. The two countries should present ...
Singapore holds 8 Bangladeshis for planning terror attacks in home country
Daily News and Analysis - 5/3/2016 10:03:11 AM
Singapore's government said the men, aged 26 to 34, were working in the country's construction and marine industries. Singapore has detained eight Bangladeshi men planning to stage terror attacks in their home country as the Islamic State in Bangladesh ...
Italian marine case: India has jurisdiction, says Jaitley
The Tribune India - 5/3/2016 12:04:52 PM
In February 2012 two Kerala fishermen had lost their lives after two Italian marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone — posted on a merchant vessel had ... approve the return of an Italian marine to his country while international ...
Wall Street Journal - 5/2/2016 8:02:41 AM
The Adonia’s arrival is the first step toward a future in which thousands of ships a year could cross the Florida Straits, long closed to most U.S.-Cuba traffic due to tensions that once brought the world to ... and cruises and merchant ships regularly ...
Teens piqued by military go to Dobbins for U.S. Military Service Academy Day
Marietta Daily Journal - 4/30/2016 10:59:50 PM
“I’m here because I’m interested in attending one of our country’s military academies,” Parry said. “I would be grateful to be able to attend any of them, but since my grandfather graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy, it is my preference.
US military member, possibly special forces, killed by ISIS
WPTV - 5/3/2016 1:23:37 PM
ISIS rocket fire killed a Marine at an unpublicized American base in March ... but more can be rotated into the country on temporary deployments.