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
Marine Link - 10/14/2014 9:12:38 AM
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 ...
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 ...
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 age 16. Just months after signing up, he was on the high seas en route to England and France with troops and critical supplies, vulnerable to enemy attack during World War II. “I wanted to see the ...
Ballast Water Management Convention ratified by 4 more countries: Japan, Tonga, Jordan and Congo
PortNews - 10/14/2014 12:33:04 PM
This has been announced at the 67th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, member of the RF delegation told IAA PortNews. As of today, 42 Contracting States represent 32.02% of world merchant shipping tonnage. 35% of global tonnage ...
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
In this country, that's unthinkable ... A Needless Sinking," an essential reference work about the Merchant Marine of World War II. Click photo for larger image. "We marched and marched from morning until late at night," said Michael McKee, 78, of ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 PM
But when World War II was over, the Merchant Marine's greatest advocate ... through the Suez Canal, past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked, but they took zig-zag routes to avoid the German submarines that plied ...
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 ...
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 ...
Philip Sustersic sails seas of memories at presentation of honors for Merchant Marine service during World War II
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/5/2013 3:31:32 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Philip Sustersic was 17, he couldn’t get his parents to sign his enlistment papers to join the armed forces during World War II. So Sustarsic and five buddies from Cleveland volunteered for the U.S. Merchant Marine. If their ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
WASHINGTON - During World ... their country in history's deadliest war. Yet when they came home, they did not receive the cornucopia of benefits that a grateful nation bestowed on returning veterans. Willner and Rosen served in the US Merchant Marine.
John Masarik's career goes from Merchant Marine in WWII to Fred Meyer
The Portland Tribune - 8/29/2014 3:00:40 PM
... States Merchant Marine Memorial on the Portland waterfront that was dedicated in 2010 and honors the 6,800 Merchant Marine seamen "who gave their lives in combat defending ship, cargo and country during World War II, Dec. 7, 1941, to Aug. 15, 1945."
After Maersk heroism, maybe Merchant Marine Memorial will be more than footnote
New York Daily News - 4/8/2009 9:35:56 PM
Maybe after the high-seas heroism of the American crew aboard the Maersk Alabama, the Merchant Marine Memorial will cease to be the ... after a U-boat attack on an American merchant ship during World War II. "Left to the perils of the sea, the survivors ...
Man has ‘bone to pick’ with post-WWII treatment of merchant mariners
Times and Democrat - 8/10/2014 4:10:20 AM
Charles Hilderbrand enlisted in the Merchant Marine at the tender age of 17 while a junior ... Hilderbrand, served his country during World War I. Upon completing basic training, the graduates traveled by train to San Francisco, California.
Truck by truck, Israel builds trade gateway to Arab world
Reuters - 7/1/2014 10:34:12 AM
Turkey’s Directorate General of Merchant Marine, part of that country’s transport ministry ... hopes that the Jewish state can become a commercial gateway to the Arab world. Israel plans to invest at least 6 billion shekels ($1.7 billion) in ...