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
Obama to create world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii
The Guardian - 8/26/2016 9:48:29 AM
Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument, which is now more than twice the size of Texas, is the president’s final push on conservation Barack Obama has created the world’s largest ... foreign countries will be selling it back to ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 PM
is a fairly common response to mention of the Merchant Marine. But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during World War II ... past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked ...
World War II Shows Why We Need the Merchant Marine
Time - 4/21/2016 6:02:42 PM
Exactly how to maintain a healthy Merchant Marine for international trade is a complex question. U.S. flagged ships are more expensive to operate than ships from many foreign countries ... it play a greater role than in World War II, and a glance back ...
Soviet Merchant Marine
globalsecurity.org - 9/6/2011 11:59:22 PM
In World War II, the Merchant Marine became virtually ... reportedly calling at more than 800 ports in over 90 countries. The Soviet merchant marine was a prime mover in the high pressure move which led to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
Papahānaumokuākea Marine Reserve: Obama To Create World’s Largest Protected Area
International Business Times - 8/26/2016 5:16:28 AM
The marine monument was established by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, who created it in June 2006. In July 2010, the area was designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is already bigger than all the other national parks in the country put ...
World War II vet stares down robber who then admits crime
ABC7 News - 8/25/2016 8:52:24 AM
An unusual moment in court Wednesday led to quick justice for a World War II veteran ... He's a war veteran, a Merchant Marine who served in the Pacific. But at 89, he wasn't tough enough to stop Danny Miller from stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry ...
Obama To Quadruple Hawaii Monument, Creating World’s Largest Protected Marine Area
The Huffington Post - 8/26/2016 4:26:22 AM
The White House said the move “provides critical protections for more than 7,000 marine species,” including federally protected monk seals, whales and sea turtles, as well as black coral ― the longest-living marine species in the world. The expansion ...
The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II
Smithsonian.com - 5/26/2016 11:19:06 PM
“He was associated with rotgut whiskey, waterfront brawls and quickie strikes that held up big passenger ships at New York, New Orleans and San Francisco . . .” The era was the earliest stages of the United States’ involvement in World War ...
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
Former Merchant Marine member ... of veterans who served in World War II," said Dugan, himself a decorated veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm. "The military and the U.S. government put this onus on these people. In this country, that's unthinkable."
Experts Convene in Galápagos to Brainstorm Protection of Earth’s Marine Heritage
National Geographic Society - 8/28/2016 5:14:06 AM
Since the first marine site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, the network has grown to encompass 49 sites in 37 countries that stretch from the tropics to the poles. It includes the breeding grounds of the world’s last healthy ...
World War II Merchant Marine Memorial Finally Gets a Head
NBC Bay Area - 12/4/2011 7:22:02 PM
... Marines have long complained their contributions during World War II went unnoticed, even though they suffered heavy casualties. “We lost thousands of men,” said retired Merchant Marine captain Mark Shafer. “In fact, we never would’ve won ...
Rumors grow on Hyundai Merchant Marine takeover by Maersk
hellenicshippingnews.com - 7/10/2016 11:58:48 PM
Debt-ridden Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM ... behind the nation’s second-largest shipping firm’s bid to join the world’s largest shipping alliance. The U.K.-based marine transport research agency Drewry alleged in its newsletter last month that ...
Infographics : Top Merchant Vessels Owner Countries in 2012
marineinsight.com - 12/27/2015 11:55:01 PM
As shipping companies around the world increase the size ... we have mentioned the top maritime countries that have the largest fleet of merchant vessels according to the total gross tonnage. Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer ...
WWII Merchant Mariners Refused Memorial Day Benefits
The Maritime Executive - 5/23/2014 4:42:35 PM
including burials in the country’s 120 national cemeteries. The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the world’s oldest preeminent professional merchant marine union, implores Senators returning to Washington after the Memorial Day ...
Support federal benefits for WWII Merchant Marine volunteers
professionalmariner.com - 2/12/2016 6:17:07 AM
When World War II started, the Merchant Marine was called on by President Roosevelt to help ... Maritime training stations sprung up around the country. The largest one was at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn N.Y. Trainees were taught the skills of seamanship ...