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
Veteran joined Merchant Marine during World War II to 'help save the country’
Star-Banner - 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 ...
Tom Hayden: Merchant Marine vets deserve benefits for service
news-press.com - 11/29/2013 11:59:11 PM
It was how their time serving their country went unrecognized for so long and really still does. They speak proudly of a time during World War II when, as members of the Merchant Marine, their lives were a torpedo or gunshot away from ending as they ...
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 ...
The forgotten service of World War II: The Merchant Marine
HeraldStandard.com - 3/16/2012 11:53:35 PM
"Most of the guys who joined ... 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 popular books, "Looking Back: The Best ...
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 ...
Sailors finally win wartime salute
newsinenglish.no - 12/3/2013 11:08:31 AM
A series of novels about a fictional Norwegian seafarer during World War II is topping bestseller lists in Norway, and finally giving the country’s merchant marine sailors the attention they deserve. The book highlights the plight of wartime ...
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 ...
U.S. News and World Report Ranks U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Second Best Public Regional College
The Business Journal - 9/16/2013 4:37:14 PM
KINGS POINT, N.Y., Sept ... Helis, Ph.D., superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. "We are very proud of this year's rankings as well as our continuing recruitment effort to increase the number of women and minority candidates ...
Merchant Marine veteran saw action in World War II and Vietnam War
Jupiter Courier - 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 ...
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 ...
United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. News Rankings & Reviews - 12/4/2013 8:39:59 PM
School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school): A United States Merchant Marine Academy education is one of the great adventures of a lifetime. For sixty-five years, young men and women have come to Kings Point to acquire the knowledge ...
WW2 Merchant Marines finally get vet benefits
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - 11/28/2013 11:53:13 PM
For Merchant Marines who served in World War II - like Kemple - recognition and benefits ... But Merchant Marines willing served for their country. Downey had attempted to enlist in the Navy in early 1945, but was told that he would have to wait six ...
Merchant Marine looks back at service in WWII, Korea
Petaluma 360 - 11/11/2013 4:49:34 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 ...