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
WFUV 90.7 FM Public Radio - 10/24/2016 3:19:23 PM
Some people got the biting satire in Merchant's words and some didn’t — but it didn't matter. Merchant doesn't do a lot of gushy sharing of personal details with the press, but her time off has meant being at home in the country, volunteering with kids ...
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.
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 ...
Longtime Norristown Man, World War II Merchant Marine, Passes At 89
onenewspage.com - 10/9/2016 11:58:15 PM
Image: AP Patch Malvern, PA -- After serving his country in World War II, Augustus Bono became a Eucharistic Minister and served the Malvern Retreat for 50 years. A CCTV image has been released by police following a burglary at a property in Minster.During ...
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."
China says hostages held by Somali pirates are freed
The Miami Herald - 10/24/2016 4:35:08 AM
The 26 sailors will be repatriated to their home countries, John Steed ... Most hostages held by Somali pirates have been sailors on merchant ships, although European families also have been kidnapped from their yachts while traveling in the dangerous ...
Hyundai Merchant Marine Falls on Concern Over Debt Plan
gCaptain - 6/7/2016 11:54:59 PM
(Bloomberg) — Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., South Korea’s second-biggest shipping ... The stock traded at 16,250 won as of 12:56 p.m. in Seoul. Hanjin Shipping, the country’s biggest container liner, dropped as much as 9.2 percent.
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 ...
Rumors grow on Hyundai Merchant Marine takeover by Maersk
hellenicshippingnews.com - 7/10/2016 11:58:48 PM
Debt-ridden Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM ... behind the nation’s second-largest shipping firm’s bid to join the world’s largest shipping alliance. The U.K.-based marine transport research agency Drewry alleged in its newsletter last month that ...
American Merchant Marine Veterans seeking Merchant Mariners
concord.wickedlocal.com - 9/29/2016 9:29:38 AM
In total during WWII, more than 225,000 Merchant Mariners gave up their youths to serve the country ... as those of World War II, Mariner-manned sealifts were nonetheless vitally important to the cause. In Korea, Merchant Marine sealifts supplied nearly ...
Merchant Marine vets’ WWII contribution recognized at Apple Valley ceremony
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 9/24/2014 10:58:05 PM
As a member of the Merchant Marine during World War II, James Harris faced Kamikaze attacks ... “But patriotism was high, and he wanted to serve his country in war.” Men who joined the Merchant Marines volunteered to deliver troops, armaments, tanks ...
The Japanese Merchant Marine in World War II.(Brief Article)
www.highbeam.com - 6/21/1994 11:55:22 PM
On balance, the work tells us a good deal more about the imperial Navy and its problems than it does about the merchant ... and secure marine transport meant that victory in the war ultimately would be impossible, regardless of the country's strengths ...
www.britannica.com - 10/19/2016 11:53:33 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 ...