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
Merchant Marine paid high price during war
New Castle News - 6/18/2013 12:54:41 PM
NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News: Most people do not know anything about the value and casualties of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. The ships were called Liberty Ship and had the job to bring vital supplies to war fronts. That included fuel ...
End of an era for local American Merchant Marine chapter
Observer-Reporter - 6/15/2013 3:11:16 AM
but was looked at like a ‘draft dodger’ rather than one who volunteered to serve his country.” The Merchant Marine in peacetime is a civilian service that handles commercial cargo, but it was converted during World War II to an auxiliary ...
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 2013 Graduation
marinelink.com - 6/17/2013 8:05:22 PM
This year’s graduates represent 37 states and the four foreign countries of South Korea, Malaysia, Republic of Panama and Singapore. USMMA graduates have the option of working in the seagoing merchant marine and transportation industry while enlisting in ...
WWII Then and Now: Elmerick helped Merchant Marines receive veteran status
Canton Repository - 5/27/2013 11:36:24 PM
That members of the U.S. Merchant Marine are recognized as World War II veterans by the State of Ohio is due, at least in part, to the dedication of Francis Elmerick. An Ohio house of representatives resolution was passed in 2000, granting the Merchant ...
How to Create the World's Largest Marine Sanctuary
Yahoo! News - 6/19/2013 6:29:57 PM
The AOA is a coalition of leading environmental organizations and individuals who are working together to achieve large-scale protection ... There may need to be compromises if either of the plans are to be put in force.” And in fact, in their 2013 ...
113. Dad was in the Merchant Marines WWII
Democratic Underground.com - 5/28/2013 4:37:03 AM
In fact, the Merchant Marine death rate was 1 in 26, the highest rate among the services in World War II, according to USMM.org, the Merchant Marine history and advocacy site. These veterans still living, my Dad among them, are still fighting for official ...
Patch - 6/11/2013 8:59:37 AM
A Howell High School senior was among a group of students accepted to military academies ... “Jordan is a remarkable young woman in whom the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy sees enormous promise, and I am very proud to have nominated her,” Menendez ...
Insight: Murder trial of Italian marines in India navigates murky waters
NBC News - 6/10/2013 4:50:15 AM
Indian prosecutors allege the two Indian fishermen were shot by two Italian marines serving as security guards on ... which represents more than 80 percent of the world's merchant fleet. "There is a real and present need for the development of ...
Could the world's biggest marine sanctuary be declared in the Antarctic?
The Guardian - 6/18/2013 1:56:08 AM
An extraordinarily big thing might happen in the world of marine conservation ... for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) – a group with a voting membership of 24 countries plus the European Union.
World War II Marine Veterans Honored
fourstateshomepage.com - 6/20/2013 12:27:52 AM
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Marine Corps honors 2 veteran Marines who served during World War II. The Marine Corps League honored Harry Givens and Carl Trout today with honorary life time memberships. The organization is a group of veteran Marines that help raise ...
Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico - the Actam Chuleb Example
Yahoo! News - 6/18/2013 12:33:13 PM
As our world population continues to grow, it implies a higher demand for resources. Whether these resources are food, water, or land, the effect of this growth on our environment is often detrimental to biodiversity and the health of our natural ...
Service, sacrifice of Merchant Marine honored in wreath-laying ceremony
portcitydaily.com - 5/21/2013 11:57:50 PM
told of the service the Merchant Marine offers in times of war, providing transportation of cargo and personnel. They also noted the sacrifice of more than 9,500 merchant mariners who died in World War II. With 243,000 merchant mariners in that war ...
Middletown teen selected for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Frederick News-Post - 6/5/2013 11:54:21 PM
Ben Cardin's 15 nominees to the U.S. service academies are all top-notch young men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve their country ... will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., a federally ...
New License Plates Available for Paratroopers, WWII Merchant Mariners
Fox43 - 4/23/2013 5:07:13 PM
“These new plates recognize the added challenges faced by the brave service members who served with our nation’s military airborne units and those who served with the Merchant Marines during World War II,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.
Hendrix students study marine life in Belize
Log Cabin Democrat - 6/19/2013 10:47:39 PM
While immersed, students were required to keep a journal or write an essay to earn Odyssey credit for global awareness. Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth ...