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
U.S. Merchant Seaman Awarded Highest Civilian Medal
gCaptain - 12/2/2016 5:32:05 PM
The article states: The medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Honor, is the highest civilian award in the country. More than 200,000 Merchant ... as the proud husband of a Merchant Marine veteran who served aboard a ready reserve ship in Iraq ...
What is the country with the largest merchant marine fleet in the world?
www.quora.com - 11/27/2016 12:01:34 PM
One word: Katrina. People are vicious. When law and order falls, the rule of might immediately takes over. During Katrina, when people came together to take refuge and be safe in the Superdome, women were attacked and raped. I read a story about a man and ...
Ship Alliance Backtracks on Hyundai Merchant Marine Membership
NASDAQ - 11/30/2016 2:39:40 AM
The world's largest container-shipping alliance has decided not to allow Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. to join amid customer backlash, people involved in the discussions said, dealing a blow to the troubled South Korean shipping concern. Hyundai Merchant ...
Hyundai Merchant Marine pitching hard to secure 2M membership
hellenicshippingnews.com - 11/20/2016 10:25:29 PM
South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. is making last-minute pitch to get on the world’s largest shipping alliance 2M ... fielded by the Korean government to take the place of the country’s largest container liner. But the shipper which went ...
House Passes Measure to Award Merchant Marines Gold Medal
Roll Call Online - 12/1/2016 3:31:35 PM
The House passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to award World War II Merchant Marines the Congressional Gold ... “These men put their lives on the line in defense of their country during one of the darkest periods of human history,” Hahn said ...
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.
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 ...
Just days to save the UK’s last WW1 submarine hunter from being scrapped
www.ianvisits.co.uk - 12/4/2016 3:42:20 PM
She is the sole surviving Q ship – an Anchusa flower class frigate disguised as a merchant ship to act as a decoy, taking on German U Boats and the first to use dazzle camouflage. She also saw service in the Second World ... see the country’s last ...
Longtime Norristown Man, World War II Merchant Marine, Passes At 89
Patch - 10/10/2016 12:15:33 PM
He was a Eucharistic Minister and over 50 yr. participant at Malvern Retreat House. Gus served his country as a Merchant Marine during World War ll.. His Army service following the war as a radio repairman led Gus to a long employment with the Borroughs ...
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."
In parting act, Rep. Janice Hahn helps win Congressional Gold Medal for US Merchant Marines
Daily Breeze - 11/30/2016 6:31:43 PM
Legislation sponsored by U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, and Susan Brooks of Indiana was passed Wednesday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to surviving World War II Merchant Marine veterans. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal ...
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 ...
WWII Merchant Mariners Refused Memorial Day Benefits
The Maritime Executive - 5/23/2014 4:42:35 PM
including burials in the country’s 120 national cemeteries. The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the world’s oldest preeminent professional merchant marine union, implores Senators returning to Washington after the Memorial Day ...
Infographics : Top Merchant Vessels Owner Countries in 2012
marineinsight.com - 12/27/2015 11:55:01 PM
The number of merchant vessels plying at the high seas has drastically increased in the past few years. As shipping companies around the world increase the size ... we have mentioned the top maritime countries that have the largest fleet of merchant ...