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
Lombard resident recognized for World War II service 65 years later
Daily Herald - 4/12/2014 7:58:33 AM
More than 65 years after he left the U.S. Merchant Marine, James Pfafflin ... him made for the good of the country," he said afterward, adding that it is especially important for today's children to learn more about World War II.
Lombard veteran receives medals decades after WWII
Chicago Tribune - 4/10/2014 11:52:58 PM
Nearly 70 years after serving in the Pacific during World War II, veteran Jim Pfafflin ... "I feel like I'm part of the country now," Pfafflin said before receiving the Merchant Marine Emblem, Honorable Service button, Pacific War Zone Bar and Victory ...
The Cherokee Ledger-News - 4/15/2014 11:54:12 PM
A tradition of service to their country at sea is gaining a strong foothold in the O’Donnell family, of Canton, as all three sons will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy together ... and will be traveling the world. You’re not going to ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
World War II Merchant Marine memorial dedicated in Butler
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/2/2010 11:54:55 PM
Rather, they were listed on its back, along with about two dozen groups that contributed to the World War II effort. The committee that raised $450,000 for the first embattled monument refused to reconsider, arguing that the Merchant Marine comprised ...
Artist, WWII Merchant Marine Hans Skalagard
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/9/2013 5:24:44 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.
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 ...
A Merchant Marine Second to None?
Foreign Affairs - 4/15/2014 6:36:15 AM
Many other countries, including France ... We do not sacrifice anything by giving up the idea of having the largest merchant marine in the world for prestige purposes. If the reserve fleet plan is not feasible, some other basis of compromise must be ...
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 ...
WWII Veteran Merchant Marine 'Sparks' Disband
Thomson Reuters - 7/4/2010 3:57:19 AM
WASHINGTON, July 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hoffman Island Radio Association (HIRA), World War II sea-going Merchant Marine radio operators ("Sparks"), announced today that it has voted to disband because of deaths and increasing incapacitating ...