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
Sex abuse, bullying probe roils US Merchant Marine Academy
The Seattle Times - 9/24/2016 8:16:50 AM
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is in turmoil over sexual abuse and bullying concerns that have led to the temporary shutdown of its premier training program — one that sends cadets out on working vessels for a year at sea.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Offers Students a Route to Sea
US News and World Report - 9/23/2016 12:35:43 PM
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's mission is "to educate and graduate licensed ... helping keep the engines running. Stops at ports in countries like Spain, Dubai, Pakistan and India only enhanced the experience, he says. This past summer, sea year ...
Merchant Marine veterans of World War II still waiting for full compensation decades later
Oregonian - 11/10/2011 9:59:20 PM
is a fairly common response to mention of the Merchant Marine. But merchant mariners played a critical support role for the Navy and other branches during World War II ... past Cape Town to the country then known as Ceylon. His ships weren't attacked ...
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.
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 ...
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."
At UN, Tonga shares experiences on preserving marine diversity, tackling non-communicable diseases
UN News Centre - 9/24/2016 9:09:55 PM
As the United Nations General Assembly continued its annual high-level debate today, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the Prime Minister of Tonga, continued his country’s strong advocacy for the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s oceans and ...
XL Catlin Promotes Jeffrey Loechner to Gulf Coast Territorial Manager for US Marine Insurance Business
Yahoo Finance - 9/19/2016 3:10:47 PM
According to Anne Marie Elder, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Catlin's Marine Business in the Americas, "This region of the country is bustling ... his graduation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned ...
Marine City sets out to break world, state records
Voice News - 9/24/2016 11:08:38 AM
The Mariner Theatre and the Marine City ... attempt to top the world record for the longest popcorn string at 4 p.m. in Drake Park, located across from The Mariner Theatre. Once complete, the string will be used to connect two countries: Canada and the ...
KDB to Bail Out Hyundai Merchant Marine
World Maritime News - 4/21/2016 7:18:27 AM
Troubled South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is to become a subsidiary of state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) so as to avoid the company from going bust. According to an official from HMM’s creditors, cited by the Business ...
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Hyundai Merchant Marine to Join 2M Alliance
The Wall Street Journal - 7/15/2016 4:40:23 AM
SEOUL— Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. 011200 0.63 % ... going through approval procedures in each member country, it said. The 2M alliance controls about one-third of the Asia-Europe trade route, the world’s most lucrative, and includes Maersk Line ...
Infographics : Top Merchant Vessels Owner Countries in 2012
marineinsight.com - 12/27/2015 11:55:01 PM
As shipping companies around the world increase the size ... we have mentioned the top maritime countries that have the largest fleet of merchant vessels according to the total gross tonnage. Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer ...
www.britannica.com - 9/12/2016 11:54:29 PM
At the end of World War II the United States operated nearly half the world’s oceangoing merchant marine, and Great Britain had another ... Many ships owned in other countries operate under Liberian or Panamanian registry to avoid the heavy taxes and ...