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
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
HeraldStandard.com - 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
News.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 ...
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 ...
U.S. News and World Report Ranks U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Second Best Public Regional College
Yahoo! Finance - 9/16/2013 4:44:24 PM
16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (U.S. Merchant Marine) is America's second best public regional college in the North and third best regional college according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings.
A Merchant Marine Second to None?
foreignaffairs.com - 11/30/2013 11:29:22 PM
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 ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/11/2011 5:18:59 PM
But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during ... sailors as World War II veterans entitled to a full range of benefits, but only grudgingly acknowledged the service of the unarmed mariners, who served aboard ...
United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. News Rankings & Reviews - 12/10/2013 12:01:39 AM
The United States Merchant Marine Academy, also called USMMA or Kings Point, is located in Kings Point, N.Y., about 20 miles east of New York City. It is one of the five U.S. service academies. Incoming students, known as plebes, undergo a two-week ...
Merchant Marine looks back at service in WWII, Korea
Petaluma 360 - 11/11/2013 6:29:47 PM
Many World War II merchant mariners simply don't see it that way ... So he joined the Merchant Marine and served his country while working aboard cargo ships in the Pacific and hoping not to attract Japanese submarines. Schelter knows what his fellow ...
Merchant Marine veteran saw action in World War II and Vietnam War
Jupiter Courier - 5/13/2012 1:37:47 AM
Suder is still bitter that many people think members of the Merchant Marine are not war veterans ... with whom he had five children. He worked for International Mineral Co. in Indiantown, retiring at 65. His first wife, Barabara Floyd, died and he ...
Tom Hayden: Merchant Marine vets deserve benefits for service
news-press.com - 12/1/2013 6:10:14 AM
Recently, I was privileged to speak before a group of people, who struggle to hear, struggle to see and struggle to take their next steps. For me, none of that mattered. It was their stories of heroism that stirred inside of me. It was how their time ...
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
Eisenhower, "there is no organization that shared its credit more deservedly than the Merchant ... a bad heart valve but who didn't make it out of the recruiting center. "The Merchant Marine grabbed me in a minute. They had to move them supplies and ...
WWII Veteran Merchant Marine 'Sparks' Disband
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 ...
Merchant Marine sailors seek benefits for WWII service
Boston.com - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
WASHINGTON - During World ... 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 ...
Is the American Merchant Marine a Zombie?
Forbes - 12/2/2013 11:55:38 PM
The few remaining vessels that supposedly sail under the American flag are, for the most part, not under American control ... in the “devastating underfunding” of the program. It called for maintaining the current funding level of $186 ...