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
Rumours Swirl on HMM Acquisition by Maersk Line
Ship Bunker - 6/27/2016 12:36:52 AM
Following news that Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) intends to join the 2M Alliance, rumours have begun to swirl of a possible acquisition of HMM by Maersk Line. Neither company has so far officially commented on the possibility of such a deal, but in an ...
From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World
NPR News - 6/25/2016 9:00:19 AM
We fought against the big merchant banks ... "The idea of nativism — of seeing your country under threat by non-natives, specifically immigrants and Muslims, is something that Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump clearly share," said Cas Mudde, a University ...
Europe is the creation of the Third World
Al JAZEERA - 6/26/2016 9:49:15 AM
for millions around the world, Buddhist or otherwise, the very definition of tolerance and gentility say: "Europe, for example, Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany." While finding his own remark entertaining, the Dalai Lama ...
Marine Le Pen Hails Brexit, Calls For French Referendum
Talk Of The Devils - 6/26/2016 11:22:18 AM
France is one of the countries pressing Britain to kickstart the process of ... "It is disturbing that the oldest democracy in the world turns its back on us".
Markets Reel as World Absorbs Shock of UK Vote for Brexit
ABC News - 6/25/2016 11:59:17 AM
The U.K.'s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial ... Populist politicians including France's Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands' Geert Wilders hailed the result ...
The US Has Screwed Up in the Muslim World for 36 Years
Daily Beast - 6/26/2016 7:54:43 AM
Beginning with the Carter Doctrine, the US has aggressively injected itself into the Muslim world but with little to show for it ... Hezbollah prominent among them—as an active participant. Marine patrols began taking fire, and their base became an ...
Feminism means nothing to poor Indian women: Hoshang Merchant
Firstpost - 6/25/2016 11:02:01 AM
Doesn’t mean anything to a country of poor women ... of my new book Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant is from (Martin) Heidegger –“What are poets for? Poets are there to sing the night of the world”. Coming to the second part of your question ...
World absorbs shock after Britons vote to quit EU in historic referendum
Japan Times - 6/25/2016 11:37:48 AM
The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shock waves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial ... Populist politicians including France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders hailed ...
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 ...
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."
World War II Merchant Marine Memorial Finally Gets a Head
NBC Bay Area - 12/1/2011 11:57:36 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 ...
Chicago Tribune - 12/16/1985 11:55:59 PM
Donna J. Fournier described her viewpoint on how females are ``short-changed`` in the military and civilian service of their country. Don`t feel bad, Lt. Fournier, I served in the U.S. Maritime Service (Merchant Marines) during World War II for over six years.
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 ...
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 ...