United States Merchant marine

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Merchant marine:

total: 3,692
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 61, general cargo 115, oil tanker 71, other 3440 (2018)

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 - This page was last updated on December 7, 2019

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