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
Merchant Marine honored for WWII service
Superior Telegram - 8/19/2014 11:30:38 AM
He graduated from Arnold School and worked various jobs until World War II ... death — in 1988 — the United States Merchant Marines finally received veterans status. For that reason, Alvar’s service to country will be honored at 9 a.m. Friday ...
Greece: Migrant Boat Sinks, At Least One Dead
NDTV - 8/23/2014 3:11:58 AM
Athens: Greek authorities say at least one person has died after a boat with dozens of immigrants, who were trying to enter the country illegally, caught fire and sank in the eastern Aegean Sea. The Merchant Marine Ministry says many people were rescued on ...
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.
Merchant Shipping Division faces tough challenge
Sunday Observer - 8/16/2014 7:26:38 PM
In other words it is to transform the country to a strategic global economic centre in the merchant shipping trade ... now and then concerning the safety of maritime shipping in the world. Once a country becomes a member of the IMO it is legally bound ...
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 ...
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Ocala StarBanner - 5/6/2013 12:23:58 AM
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 ...
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
Herald Standard - 3/16/2012 11:53:35 PM
In doing so, he inadvertently became one of many area residents who served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. Next week, we will share Red's story and identify other local men who served their country in this "forgotten service." Glenn Tunney's ...
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 ...
World War II Veteran, Louis Alvar, Honored
WDIO-TV - 8/22/2014 10:18:28 PM
A special moment for the family of a World War II veteran, who passed away three decades ago. A flag for Louis Alvar was raised and flown in a short ceremony with the honor guard Friday morning. Alvar, who was from Duluth, was a merchant marine who ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/11/2011 5:18:59 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 ...
Artist, WWII Merchant Marine Hans Skalagard
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/9/2013 12:02:37 AM
Artist Hans Skalagard, 89, a merchant marine during World War II and the Korean War, at his home in Petaluma on Nov. 8, 2013. Like other merchant marine combat veterans, Skalagard was never compensated for his wartime service or received extended GI Bill ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
WASHINGTON - During World ... for 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.
Recognition Eludes World War II Heroes
New York Times - 10/25/1987 11:53:38 PM
I quote a message by President Truman to my father, who was in the merchant marine in World War II. ''To you who answered the call of your country and served in its merchant marine to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks ...
Merchant Marine veteran saw action in World War II and Vietnam War
TCPalm - 5/13/2012 1:37:47 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE — As a crew member on merchant ships, Jack Suder dodged German submarines in World War II and Viet Cong riverine ... Suder is still bitter that many people think members of the Merchant Marine are not war veterans. "We lost more men ...