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
Turkey Ratifies Ballast Water Convention
maritimeprofessional.com - 10/14/2014 1:58:58 PM
Turkey today, October 14, ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, bringing the number of Contracting States to 43 countries, representing approximately 32.54% of world merchant shipping ... Sekimizu during the Marine Environment ...
Former student donates art, book collection to Plymouth State
The Citizen of Laconia - 10/25/2014 1:42:56 AM
... cargo ships through the world’s oceans as a Merchant Marine navigator. From humble roots in Bridgewater, N.H., Ellis became an accomplished mariner, visiting hundreds of ports and foreign countries, gaining a unique perspective on the world while ...
Two more sign up to BWM Convention
tankeroperator.com - 10/17/2014 10:42:08 AM
This brings the number of contracting states to 43 countries, representing about 32.54% of world merchant shipping tonnage ... s instrument of accession was presented during this week’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) session, while ...
Cut the red tape! Government and Opposition agree on need to change procurement rules
Jamaica Gleaner - 10/19/2014 5:31:57 AM
"As a small country with an underdeveloped economy seeking large investments ... a consortium owned by CMA, CGM, and China Merchant Marine submitted a bid. PSA and DP World declined to submit tenders due in part to their concerns about the implications ...
Nazi U Boat wreck gives glimpse of World War II battle fought at US doorstep
The Christian Science Monitor - 10/22/2014 5:24:13 PM
The German military submarine, the U-576, and the American merchant ship ... to panic over battles raging on the country's doorstep, says David Alberg, superintendent of the NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. "The last thing the military wanted ...
World Fuel Services Corporation to Host Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call
Yahoo Finance - 10/16/2014 8:01:40 PM
World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories ... payment solutions and merchant processing services to customers in the aviation, marine and land transportation ...
Merchant Marine vets' WWII contribution recognized at Apple Valley ceremony
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 9/24/2014 11:55:21 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 ...
Researchers discover two vessels from WWII convoy battle off North Carolina coast
News Channel3 - 10/21/2014 11:30:29 PM
According to NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, the Bluefields was part of a group of 19 merchant ships escorted by the U.S ... States policy on sunken vessels states that the original country or origin still retains ownership and that the ...
Navy’s Merchant Marine Training School makes waves
The Island - 10/19/2014 8:26:44 PM
"With a view to creating a professional maritime workforce for the country, Sri Lanka Navy has also established a Merchant Marine Training School (MMTS) as part of the overall strategy. The MMTS, located at the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee ...
Argentina adopting measures to reaffirm river and sea sovereignty
Buenos Aires Herald - 10/20/2014 5:33:45 PM
The country is recovering two River Plate channels ... The measures include proposed legislation to rebuild a national merchant marine including the creation of a state dredging company, fostering the local shipbuilding industry, restoring two old River ...
Quirky in Alabama: 5 real sites featured in books by Monroeville-born author Mark Childress
Al.com - 10/15/2014 7:24:04 AM
"The major thing in our history is that we're the only part of the country that ever seceded ... for Victor" is an adventure story based on World War II tales from Alabama's coastal areas. "There were lots of merchant ships sunk in the Gulf of Mexico ...
Constitution takes trip before 3-year restoration
Stars and Stripes - 10/17/2014 4:25:44 PM
The ship, known as Old Ironsides, gave a 21-gun salute off Fort Independence on Castle Island, one of the oldest fortified sites in the country, and a 17-gun salute ... War in order to protect American merchant ships off the northern coast of Africa.
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Digital Journal - 10/23/2014 5:58:50 PM
Sanders ended his comments by stressing the importance of maintaining a strong U.S. merchant marine fleet. He states, “We offer our clients the finest in seafaring capabilities with experienced, well-trained crews. We believe in reinforcing the country ...