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
U.S. Merchant Seaman Awarded Highest Civilian Medal
gCaptain - 12/2/2016 5:32:05 PM
The article states: The medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Honor, is the highest civilian award in the country. More than 200,000 Merchant ... as the proud husband of a Merchant Marine veteran who served aboard a ready reserve ship in Iraq ...
House Passes Measure to Award Merchant Marines Gold Medal
Roll Call Online - 12/1/2016 3:31:35 PM
The House passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to award World War II Merchant Marines the Congressional Gold ... “These men put their lives on the line in defense of their country during one of the darkest periods of human history,” Hahn said ...
Hyundai Merchant to ink deal on 2M alliance this month: regulator
hellenicshippingnews.com - 12/2/2016 12:45:45 PM
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., a leading shipping line in South Korea, is expected to strike a deal this month to join the world’s largest container-shipping alliance, the country’s top financial regulator said Thursday, dismissing reports of trouble in ...
In parting act, Rep. Janice Hahn helps win Congressional Gold Medal for US Merchant Marines
Daily Breeze - 11/30/2016 6:31:43 PM
Legislation sponsored by U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, and Susan Brooks of Indiana was passed Wednesday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to surviving World War II Merchant Marine veterans. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal ...
Ship Alliance Backtracks on Hyundai Merchant Marine Membership
NASDAQ - 11/30/2016 2:39:40 AM
The world's largest container-shipping alliance has decided not to allow Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. to join amid customer backlash, people involved in the discussions said, dealing a blow to the troubled South Korean shipping concern. Hyundai Merchant ...
Training Workshop to Boost Tunisia’s Maritime Security Legislation
Marine Link - 12/3/2016 3:54:51 AM
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is assisting Tunisia with the development of its maritime security legislation with a training workshop, taking place in the country’s capital ... the Tunisian Ports and Merchant Marine Authority, Ministry ...
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 ... role than in World War II, and a glance back at what happened then offers some perspective for the debate today. Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter ...
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.
Letter: Merchant Marine deserves mention
Goskagit - 11/20/2016 4:53:13 AM
The Merchant Marine had the highest casualty rate of all services during World War II. The honored Marines had a 2.94 percent casualty rate. The Merchant Marine had casualty rate of 3.9 percent and records are not as complete as those of the other services.
Team Bid for Hanjin's Long Beach Terminal
The Maritime Executive - 12/2/2016 5:46:24 PM
South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine and Swiss-based MSC are rumored to have teamed ... relevant client management information, units in seven countries including the United States, China and Vietnam, as well as assets and manpower related to logistics ...
Evac Group and Uson Marine Join Forces
informedinfrastructure.com - 12/2/2016 7:26:37 PM
Evac Group, the world ... Marine has offices in Stockhom, Sweden and Oslo, Norway, as well as representatives in 21 countries on five continents. The company has a very strong market share and excellent customer relationships, especially within the ...
Longtime Norristown Man, World War II Merchant Marine, Passes At 89
Patch - 10/10/2016 12:15:33 PM
He was a Eucharistic Minister and over 50 yr. participant at Malvern Retreat House. Gus served his country as a Merchant Marine during World War ll.. His Army service following the war as a radio repairman led Gus to a long employment with the Borroughs ...
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."
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 ...