Country Comparison > Merchant marine

RankCountryMerchant marine
1Indonesia9,879
2Panama7,860
3China5,594
4Japan5,017
5United States3,673
6Marshall Islands3,537
7Liberia3,496
8Singapore3,433
9Russia2,739
10Hong Kong2,701
11Malta2,172
12Korea, South1,880
13Virgin Islands1,868
14Vietnam1,863
15Malaysia1,748
16India1,731
17Philippines1,706
18Norway1,576
19United Kingdom1,426
20Bahamas, The1,401
21Italy1,353
22Greece1,308
23Turkey1,234
24Netherlands1,217
25Brazil864
26Thailand825
27Saint Vincent and the Grenadines810
28Belize786
29Iran785
30Antigua and Barbuda780
31Denmark682
32Nigeria677
33Canada669
34Mexico637
35United Arab Emirates637
36Portugal624
37Germany609
38Australia579
39France552
40Honduras527
41Sierra Leone518
42Ukraine408
43Togo405
44Egypt393
45Taiwan389
46Bangladesh376
47Saudi Arabia374
48Vanuatu369
49Sweden360
50Tanzania337
51Croatia336
52Azerbaijan305
53Venezuela289
54Mongolia271
55Finland269
56Cambodia268
57Korea, North264
58Bahrain261
59Tuvalu243
60Gibraltar232
61Comoros230
62Chile221
63Saint Kitts and Nevis218
64Cook Islands205
65Palau203
66Belgium201
67Argentina192
68Papua New Guinea171
69Cayman Islands170
70Kuwait154
71Bermuda148
72Poland144
73Luxembourg143
74Moldova142
75Ecuador137
76Qatar136
77Barbados132
78Kazakhstan124
79Romania120
80Spain119
81Colombia115
82Algeria114
83New Zealand113
84Dominica108
85Faroe Islands107
86Paraguay106
87Trinidad and Tobago105
88Brunei104
89South Africa103
90Peru98
91Sri Lanka97
92Burma95
93Libya94
94Ireland93
95Kiribati89
96Morocco86
97Bulgaria83
98Georgia82
99Iraq73
100Turkmenistan71
101Estonia69
102Albania68
103Tunisia67
104Fiji64
105Maldives62
106Niue61
107Uruguay60
108Latvia58
109Lithuania58
110Guyana56
111Angola55
112Lebanon55
113Pakistan54
114Cuba52
115Oman51
116Ghana48
117Cape Verde44
118Bolivia43
119Israel40
120Jamaica39
121Micronesia, Federated States of39
122Equatorial Guinea38
123Dominican Republic37
124Iceland37
125Tonga36
126Yemen34
127Switzerland32
128Senegal32
129Jordan32
130Mozambique29
131Cameroon29
132British Virgin Islands29
133Gabon28
134Mauritius28
135Madagascar28
136Seychelles25
137Syria25
138Kenya24
139Solomon Islands23
140Congo, Democratic Republic of the21
141Djibouti20
142New Caledonia19
143French Polynesia17
144Sudan17
145Sao Tome and Principe15
146Samoa13
147Namibia12
148Montenegro12
149Costa Rica11
150Ethiopia11
151Congo, Republic of the11
152Suriname10
153Eritrea9
154Guatemala9
155Gambia, The8
156Guinea-Bissau8
157Greenland8
158Slovenia8
159Nicaragua6
160Grenada6
161Benin6
162Mauritania5
163Belarus4
164Haiti4
165Somalia4
166Turks and Caicos Islands4
167Guam3
168Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)3
169El Salvador2
170Guinea2
171Anguilla2
172Nauru2
173Niger1
174Macau1
175Laos1
176Northern Mariana Islands1
177East Timor1
178Uganda1
179Zambia1

Definition: This entry provides the total and the number of each type of privately or publicly owned commercial ship for each country; military ships are not included; the five ships by type include: bulk carrier – for cargo such as coal, grain, cement, ores, and gravel; container ship – for loads in truck-size containers, a transportation system called containerization; general cargo – also referred to as break-bulk carriers – for a wide range of packaged merchandise, such as textiles, furniture, and machinery; oil tanker – for crude oil and petroleum products; other – including chemical carriers, dredgers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, refrigerated cargo ships (called reefers), tugboats, passenger vessels (cruise and ferry), and offshore supply ships.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2020

See also: Merchant marine map

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