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 vet dies on his 'final mission' in London
USA Today - 5/24/2016 11:21:29 PM
This year, the 94-year-old Barefoot Bay man who served as a radio operator on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers decided to return to a country ... Marine killed in WWII to be laid to rest on Memorial Day On May 6 he arrived in London for a tour of World ...
"How to Abandon Ship" - American Merchant Marine Museum Opens SS Robin Moor 1941 Sinking Exhibit
Long Island - 5/20/2016 2:57:59 PM
Kings Point, NY - May 20, 2016 - The American Merchant Marine Museum, on the grounds of the U.S. Merchant ... a full six months before the U.S. actually entered World War II. Photos, models, and artwork reveal the story of the sinking, the miraculous ...
The top 10 most biodiverse countries
Mongabay - 5/22/2016 11:20:52 AM
Due to its diversity of freshwater and marine ecosystems, the United States ranks particularly high in terms of fish species, while Venezuela is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries when it comes to birds. Despite having a smaller land area than ...
U.S. Merchant Marine Industry Strong, But Needs Improvements
seapowermagazine.org - 5/23/2016 3:55:52 AM
Saying the small pool of mariners cannot be sustainable long-term, Shannon said as lawmakers spar over the national defense spending bill they must be mindful that the long-term military strategy partly hinges on the merchant marine fleet. Mark Barker ...
Maritime events in Mathews celebrate book, Merchant Marines
Daily Press - 5/16/2016 1:22:31 PM
Geroux’s recently released book “The Mathews Men” brings to life the relatively unknown story of the Merchant Marine in World War II and the hundreds of Mathews men who risked their lives for their country. Lindgren said short film will be shown on ...
Massive rally to protest ex-Marine's arrest in killing of Okinawa woman
United Press International - 5/24/2016 1:48:49 PM
TOKYO, May 24 (UPI) --Japanese protesting the rape and murder of a 20-year-old woman by a former U.S. Marine, who confessed to the crime ... be discussed between the central governments of the countries." But Abe vowed to confront President Barack Obama ...
Ocean-going cyclist envisions a World With No Borders
Gizmag - 5/24/2016 1:41:39 PM
That's what Iranian-born Dutch adventurer Ebrahim Hemmatnia said in 2014, before beginning a pedal-powered trip around the world. While his intention is ... Melanie's buoyant body is composed of a marine-grade foam core covered with a carbon fiber skin ...
World Fuel Services Expands Spend Management Tools with Flight Department and MRO AVCARD® Aviation Charge Cards
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Monumental mystery: Memorial to World War II carrier puzzles officials
New Jersey Herald - 5/22/2016 12:00:50 AM
Although not quite famous in this country, he is a hero in the history of ... He had no family, and his World War II service was with the Merchant Marine in the north Atlantic, itself pretty dangerous duty. However, his first mate aboard the Meredith ...
How a Brexit Would Give Ammunition to the Trumps of the World
The Huffington Post - 5/23/2016 9:53:47 AM
It's outside the Euro, therefore able to manage its economy to its best interests, while retaining access with no barriers to the equal or second largest single market in the world. Among all the EU countries ... is why I think the Marine Le Pen Freedom ...
President Barack Obama says developing countries such as Vietnam also have much to gain by tackling climate change
Greenfield Daily Reporter - 5/25/2016 1:30:20 AM
He said Vietnam will be one of the countries most affected by warming temperatures and ... U.S. dropped the atomic bomb there that ushered in the nuclear age and ended World War II. Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.
Why Leading The World In Oil, Natural Gas Output Matters
Breaking Energy - 5/24/2016 1:55:58 PM
New figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show the United States remained the world’s No. 1 producer of oil and ... America’s trade posture by bringing wealth into this country. The U.S. also is exporting liquefied natural gas ...
World Bank, US Embassy and EU team up with Gov of Sierra Leone to improve fisheries sector
Sierra Express Media - 5/23/2016 3:05:45 AM
The World Bank ... depletion of the marine resources,” he said. Head of the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Peter Versteeg, said efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country were insufficient ...
Report predicts potential shortage of almost 150,000 seafarers by 2025
Famagusta Gazette - 5/21/2016 3:43:55 AM
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber said that according to statistics, since 2000 more than 300 young Cypriots entered the Greek Merchant Marine Academies, 220 of them since 2009.
Around the world
The Bulletin - 5/21/2016 7:11:31 AM
Also Friday, the World Health Organization confirmed that the strain of ... to the United States on Friday after police arrested a man identified as a former U.S. Marine in connection with the killing of a woman on the island of Okinawa.