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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Merchant marine varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Merchant marine bar chart

 

Country NameMerchant marineYear of Estimate
Panama5,7642008
Liberia1,9482008
China1,7752008
Malta1,2812008
Bahamas, The1,2132008
Singapore1,1312008
Russia1,1302008
Antigua and Barbuda1,0592008
Hong Kong1,0092008
Indonesia9652008
Cyprus8682008
Greece8242008
Korea, South7382008
Norway7152008
Japan6762008
Italy6042008
Cambodia5862008
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines5822008
Netherlands5662008
Turkey5652008
India4772008
United Kingdom4742008
United States4462008
Thailand4052008
Philippines3832008
Germany3822008
Vietnam3142008
Malaysia3042008
Denmark2992008
Belize2612008
Georgia2092008
Sweden1942008
Ukraine1932008
Canada1712008
Korea, North1712008
Spain1672008
Comoros1442008
France1412008
Brazil1352008
Iran1312008
Honduras1262008
Cayman Islands1242008
Portugal1172008
Sierra Leone1132008
Saint Kitts and Nevis1042008
Taiwan1022008
Syria962008
Finland922008
Azerbaijan862008
Egypt772008
Croatia752008
Tuvalu742008
Mongolia732008
Barbados712008
Bulgaria712008
Belgium682008
Monaco642008
Mexico602008
United Arab Emirates602008
Saudi Arabia592008
Venezuela592008
Nigeria552008
Slovakia542008
Dominica532008
Australia522008
Vanuatu512008
Lithuania502008
Chile482008
Argentina472008
Luxembourg452008
Bangladesh412008
Kuwait382008
Lebanon352008
Morocco352008
Algeria352008
Burma332008
Ecuador332008
Estonia332008
Switzerland322008
Jordan302008
Ireland272008
Slovenia262008
Bolivia252008
Albania242008
Sri Lanka242008
Papua New Guinea242008
Paraguay222008
Latvia222008
Qatar202008
Romania192008
Israel182008
Libya172008
Colombia152008
Pakistan142008
Tonga142008
Uruguay142008
Iraq132008
Jamaica132008
Cuba122008
Poland112008
New Zealand112008
Ethiopia102008
Trinidad and Tobago92008
Madagascar92008
Tanzania92008
Moldova82008
Tunisia82008
Turkmenistan82008
Fiji82008
Cape Verde82008
Brunei82008
Austria72008
Bahrain72008
Guyana72008
Kiribati72008
Sao Tome and Principe72008
Seychelles62008
Peru62008
Mauritius52008
Kazakhstan52008
Gambia, The52008
Eritrea52008
Angola52008
Montenegro42008
Yemen42008
Puerto Rico32008
Sudan32008
Ghana32008
Greenland22008
Gabon22008
Iceland22008
South Africa22008
Togo22008
Mozambique22008
New Caledonia22008
Oman22008
Suriname12008
Laos12008
East Timor12008
Somalia12008
Kenya12008
Czech Republic12008
Equatorial Guinea12008
Costa Rica12008
Dominican Republic12008
Djibouti12008
Congo, Republic of the12008
Congo, Democratic Republic of the12008
Cameroon12008
Namibia12008
Samoa12008
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