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
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workingwaterfront.com - 3/6/2014 6:50:53 PM
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Star-Banner - 5/6/2013 12:23:58 AM
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HeraldStandard.com - 3/16/2012 11:53:35 PM
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News.Mongabay - 1/24/2010 11:57:35 PM
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Artist, WWII Merchant Marine Hans Skalagard
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - 11/9/2013 12:02:37 AM
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United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. News Rankings & Reviews - 2/27/2014 3:17:16 PM
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Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/11/2011 5:18:59 PM
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After Maersk heroism, maybe Merchant Marine Memorial will be more than footnote
New York Daily News - 4/8/2009 9:35:56 PM
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The Business Journal - 9/16/2013 4:37:14 PM
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A Merchant Marine Second to None?
foreignaffairs.com - 2/28/2013 11:54:52 PM
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Recognition Eludes World War II Heroes
New York Times - 10/25/1987 11:53:38 PM
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Boston.com - 6/12/2009 11:53:35 PM
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Petaluma 360 - 11/11/2013 4:49:34 PM
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