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Field Listing :: Merchant marine
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 subfields - 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.

Country Comparison Ranking

By Country Listing of the values for the Merchant marine field
Country Merchant marine
Albania
total: 60
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 50, oil tanker 1, other 8 (2018)
Algeria
total: 106
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 11, oil tanker 10, other 84 (2018)
Angola
total: 55
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 8, other 33 (2018)
Anguilla
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Antigua and Barbuda
total: 853
by type: bulk carrier 33, container ship 189, general cargo 562, oil tanker 2, other 67 (2018)
Argentina
total: 167
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 9, oil tanker 27, other 130 (2018)
Australia
total: 563
by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 84, oil tanker 7, other 468 (2018)
Azerbaijan
total: 313
by type: general cargo 48, oil tanker 48, other 217 (2018)
Bahamas, The
total: 1,418
by type: bulk carrier 328, container ship 49, general cargo 96, oil tanker 271, other 674 (2018)
Bahrain
total: 259
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 12, oil tanker 4, other 241 (2018)
Bangladesh
total: 329
by type: bulk carrier 33, container ship 4, general cargo 77, oil tanker 122, other 93 (2018)
Barbados
total: 121
by type: bulk carrier 21, general cargo 82, other 18 (2018)
Belarus
total: 5
by type: oil tanker 1, other 4 (2018)
Belgium
total: 192
by type: bulk carrier 18, general cargo 18, oil tanker 20, other 136 (2018)
Belize
total: 764
by type: bulk carrier 54, container ship 4, general cargo 383, oil tanker 57, other 266 (2018)
Benin
total: 6
by type: other 6 (2018)
Bermuda
total: 160
by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 11, general cargo 1, oil tanker 19, other 123 (2018)
Bolivia
total: 49
by type: general cargo 36, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2018)
Brazil
total: 791
by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 15, general cargo 47, oil tanker 38, other 678 (2018)
British Virgin Islands
total: 25
by type: general cargo 4, other 21 (2018)
Brunei
total: 100
by type: general cargo 20, LNG tanker 2, other 78 (2018)
Bulgaria
total: 80
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 18, oil tanker 8, other 52 (2018)
Burma
total: 95
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 41, oil tanker 5, other 48 (2018)
Cabo Verde
total: 43
by type: general cargo 20, oil tanker 3, other 20 (2018)
Cambodia
total: 364
by type: container ship 2, general cargo 260, oil tanker 25, other 77 (2018)
Cameroon
total: 19
by type: general cargo 4, other 15 (2018)
Canada
total: 657
by type: bulk carrier 17, container ship 1, general cargo 91, oil tanker 17, other 531 (2018)
Cayman Islands
total: 165
by type: bulk carrier 31, general cargo 4, oil tanker 19, other 111 (2018)
Chile
total: 222
by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 5, general cargo 58, oil tanker 15, other 135 (2018)
China
total: 4,610
by type: bulk carrier 1114, container ship 242, general cargo 741, oil tanker 503, other 2010 (2018)
Colombia
total: 102
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 8, other 76 (2018)
Comoros
total: 218
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 2, general cargo 102, oil tanker 29, other 78 (2018)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
total: 27
by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 1, other 14 (2018)
Congo, Republic of the
total: 16
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2018)
Cook Islands
total: 215
by type: bulk carrier 23, container ship 5, general cargo 91, oil tanker 25, other 71 (2018)
Costa Rica
total: 11
by type: general cargo 2, other 9 (2018)
Cote d'Ivoire
total: 15
by type: oil tanker 2, other 13 (2018)
Croatia
total: 317
by type: bulk carrier 16, general cargo 38, oil tanker 19, other 244 (2018)
Cuba
total: 41
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 3, other 27 (2018)
Curacao
total: 82
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 1, other 70 (2018)
Cyprus
total: 1,020
by type: bulk carrier 311, container ship 184, general cargo 177, oil tanker 51, other 297 (2018)
Denmark
total: 668
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 123, general cargo 77, oil tanker 75, other 386 (2018)
Djibouti
total: 15
by type: other 15 (2018)
Dominica
total: 100
by type: general cargo 26, oil tanker 25, other 49 (2018)
Dominican Republic
total: 23
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 20 (2018)
Ecuador
total: 137
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 6, oil tanker 34, other 96 (2018)
Egypt
total: 389
by type: bulk carrier 14, container ship 8, general cargo 33, oil tanker 36, other 298 (2018)
El Salvador
total: 2
by type: other 2 (2018)
Equatorial Guinea
total: 38
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 6, other 24 (2018)
Eritrea
total: 9
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 4 (2018)
Estonia
total: 74
by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 6, other 60 (2018)
Ethiopia
total: 11
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 2 (2018)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
total: 3
by type: general cargo 1, other 2 (2018)
Faroe Islands
total: 100
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 42, oil tanker 1, other 54 (2018)
Fiji
total: 60
by type: general cargo 21, oil tanker 1, other 38 (2018)
Finland
total: 259
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 1, general cargo 88, oil tanker 4, other 159 (2018)
France
total: 555
by type: container ship 24, general cargo 73, oil tanker 29, other 429 (2018)

note: includes Monaco

French Polynesia
total: 17
by type: general cargo 8, other 9 (2018)
Gabon
total: 29
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 1, other 17 (2018)
Gambia, The
total: 9
by type: other 9 (2018)
Georgia
total: 82
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 24, oil tanker 2, other 55 (2018)
Germany
total: 629
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 107, general cargo 92, oil tanker 36, other 393 (2018)
Ghana
total: 44
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 2, other 36 (2018)
Gibraltar
total: 250
by type: bulk carrier 11, container ship 26, general cargo 81, oil tanker 27, other 105 (2018)
Greece
total: 1,343
by type: bulk carrier 191, container ship 6, general cargo 136, oil tanker 405, other 605 (2018)
Greenland
total: 8
by type: general cargo 1, other 7 (2018)
Grenada
total: 6
by type: general cargo 3, other 3 (2018)
Guam
total: 3
by type: other 3 (2018)
Guatemala
total: 9
by type: oil tanker 1, other 8 (2018)
Guinea
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Guinea-Bissau
total: 9
by type: general cargo 5, other 4 (2018)
Guyana
total: 55
by type: general cargo 26, oil tanker 7, other 22 (2018)
Haiti
total: 4
by type: general cargo 3, other 1 (2018)
Honduras
total: 550
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 249, oil tanker 89, other 211 (2018)
Hong Kong
total: 2,615
by type: bulk carrier 1143, container ship 499, general cargo 217, oil tanker 355, other 401 (2018)
Iceland
total: 33
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 27 (2018)
India
total: 1,719
by type: bulk carrier 75, container ship 22, general cargo 582, oil tanker 133, other 907 (2018)
Indonesia
total: 9,053
by type: bulk carrier 97, container ship 205, general cargo 2203, oil tanker 567, other 5981 (2018)
Iran
total: 720
by type: bulk carrier 31, container ship 25, general cargo 336, oil tanker 17, other 311 (2018)
Iraq
total: 80
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 73 (2018)
Ireland
total: 88
by type: bulk carrier 8, general cargo 34, oil tanker 1, other 45 (2018)
Israel
total: 42
by type: container ship 5, general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 29 (2018)
Italy
total: 1,405
by type: bulk carrier 59, container ship 10, general cargo 142, oil tanker 128, other 1066 (2018)
Jamaica
total: 43
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 8, general cargo 10, oil tanker 1, other 23 (2018)
Japan
total: 5,299
by type: bulk carrier 158, container ship 29, general cargo 1942, oil tanker 703, other 2467 (2018)
Jordan
total: 32
by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 1, other 23 (2018)
Kazakhstan
total: 121
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 10, other 108 (2018)
Kenya
total: 22
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 2, other 19 (2018)
Kiribati
total: 111
by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 46, oil tanker 16, other 46 (2018)
Korea, North
total: 274
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 5, general cargo 198, oil tanker 31, other 32 (2018)
Korea, South
total: 1,897
by type: bulk carrier 95, container ship 86, general cargo 379, oil tanker 196, other 1141 (2018)
Kuwait
total: 158
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 26, other 114 (2018)
Laos
total: 1
by type: general cargo 1 (2017)
Latvia
total: 68
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 8, other 42 (2018)
Lebanon
total: 55
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 40, oil tanker 1, other 12 (2018)
Liberia
total: 3,321
by type: bulk carrier 1086, container ship 834, general cargo 130, oil tanker 723, other 548 (2018)
Libya
total: 98
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 16, other 80 (2018)
Lithuania
total: 61
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 28, oil tanker 2, other 28 (2018)
Luxembourg
total: 152
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 9, general cargo 6, oil tanker 2, other 131 (2018)
Macau
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Madagascar
total: 28
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 3, other 10 (2018)
Malaysia
total: 1,704
by type: bulk carrier 15, container ship 22, general cargo 182, oil tanker 137, other 1348 (2018)
Maldives
total: 67
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 27, oil tanker 15, other 24 (2018)
Malta
total: 2,205
by type: bulk carrier 645, container ship 283, general cargo 288, oil tanker 391, other 598 (2018)
Marshall Islands
total: 3,419
by type: bulk carrier 1437, container ship 256, general cargo 68, oil tanker 837, other 821 (2018)
Mauritania
total: 7
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2018)
Mauritius
total: 28
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 4, other 23 (2018)
Mexico
total: 617
by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 11, oil tanker 35, other 565 (2018)
Micronesia, Federated States of
total: 63
by type: general cargo 40, oil tanker 6, other 17 (2018)
Moldova
total: 151
by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 3, general cargo 113, oil tanker 8, other 24 (2018)
Mongolia
total: 265
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 3, general cargo 107, oil tanker 68, other 83 (2018)
Montenegro
total: 12
by type: bulk carrier 4, other 8 (2018)
Morocco
total: 87
by type: container ship 7, general cargo 6, oil tanker 3, other 71 (2018)
Mozambique
total: 27
by type: general cargo 10, other 17 (2018)
Namibia
total: 10
by type: general cargo 1, other 9 (2018)
Netherlands
total: 1,233
by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 41, general cargo 586, oil tanker 21, other 572 (2018)
New Caledonia
total: 10
by type: general cargo 2, other 8 (2018)
New Zealand
total: 111
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 6, other 90 (2018)
Nicaragua
total: 5
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2018)
Niger
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Nigeria
total: 576
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 90, other 472 (2018)
Northern Mariana Islands
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Norway
total: 1,581
by type: bulk carrier 102, general cargo 249, oil tanker 81, other 1149 (2018)
Oman
total: 51
by type: general cargo 9, other 42 (2018)
Pakistan
total: 53
by type: bulk carrier 5, oil tanker 7, other 41 (2018)
Panama
total: 7,914
by type: bulk carrier 2585, container ship 590, general cargo 1327, oil tanker 808, other 2604 (2018)
Papua New Guinea
total: 173
by type: container ship 7, general cargo 79, oil tanker 3, other 84 (2018)
Paraguay
total: 80
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 23, oil tanker 6, other 48 (2018)

note: as of 2017, Paraguay registered 2,012 fluvial vessels of which 1,741 were commercial barges

Peru
total: 95
by type: container ship 2, oil tanker 13, other 80 (2018)
Philippines
total: 1,615
by type: bulk carrier 58, container ship 43, general cargo 654, oil tanker 191, other 669 (2018)
Poland
total: 148
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 13, oil tanker 7, other 126 (2018)
Portugal
total: 576
by type: bulk carrier 68, container ship 236, general cargo 84, oil tanker 11, other 177 (2018)
Qatar
total: 140
by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 5, general cargo 6, oil tanker 7, other 112 (2018)
Romania
total: 112
by type: general cargo 13, oil tanker 8, other 91 (2018)
Russia
total: 2,625
by type: bulk carrier 15, container ship 13, general cargo 879, oil tanker 411, other 1307 (2018)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
total: 240
by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 5, general cargo 44, oil tanker 55, other 130 (2018)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
total: 889
by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 14, general cargo 184, oil tanker 17, other 652 (2018)
Samoa
total: 13
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 2, other 7 (2018)
Sao Tome and Principe
total: 15
by type: general cargo 12, other 3 (2018)
Saudi Arabia
total: 380
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 19, oil tanker 65, other 290 (2018)
Senegal
total: 28
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 23 (2018)
Seychelles
total: 24
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 6, other 14 (2018)
Sierra Leone
total: 469
by type: bulk carrier 21, container ship 10, general cargo 255, oil tanker 68, other 115 (2018)
Singapore
total: 3,526
by type: bulk carrier 603, container ship 490, general cargo 132, oil tanker 732, other 1,569 (2018)
Slovenia
total: 8
by type: other 8 (2018)
Solomon Islands
total: 23
by type: general cargo 6, other 17 (2018)
Somalia
total: 5
by type: general cargo 1, other 4 (2018)
South Africa
total: 88
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 79 (2018)
Spain
total: 466
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 2, general cargo 41, oil tanker 28, other 394 (2018)
Sri Lanka
total: 87
by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 1, general cargo 11, oil tanker 11, other 55 (2018)
Sudan
total: 18
by type: general cargo 1, other 17 (2018)
Suriname
total: 10
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 2 (2018)
Sweden
total: 359
by type: general cargo 66, oil tanker 22, other 271 (2018)
Switzerland
total: 30 includes Liechtenstein
by type: bulk carrier 24, general cargo 4, oil tanker 2 (2019)
Syria
total: 21
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 7, other 13 (2018)
Taiwan
total: 358
by type: bulk carrier 28, container ship 39, general cargo 56, oil tanker 27, other 208 (2018)
Tanzania
total: 329
by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 9, general cargo 184, oil tanker 41, other 89 (2018)
Thailand
total: 807
by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 25, general cargo 91, oil tanker 241, other 423 (2018)
Togo
total: 327
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 4, general cargo 215, oil tanker 42, other 59 (2018)
Tonga
total: 33
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 15, oil tanker 1, other 15 (2018)
Trinidad and Tobago
total: 102
by type: general cargo 1, other 101 (2018)
Tunisia
total: 66
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 1, other 51 (2018)
Turkey
total: 1,277
by type: bulk carrier 61, container ship 70, general cargo 305, oil tanker 139, other 702 (2018)
Turkmenistan
total: 72
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 8, other 55 (2018)
Turks and Caicos Islands
total: 4
by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2018)
Tuvalu
total: 254
by type: bulk carrier 24, container ship 1, general cargo 41, oil tanker 25, other 163 (2018)
Uganda
total: 1
by type: bulk carrier 1 (2017)
Ukraine
total: 417
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 92, oil tanker 14, other 310 (2018)
United Arab Emirates
total: 616
by type: container ship 2, general cargo 103, oil tanker 22, other 489 (2018)
United Kingdom
total: 1,570
by type: bulk carrier 129, container ship 109, general cargo 162, oil tanker 177, other 993 (2018)
United States
total: 3,692
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 61, general cargo 115, oil tanker 71, other 3440 (2018)
Uruguay
total: 57
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 6, oil tanker 3, other 47 (2018)
Vanuatu
total: 405
by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 1, general cargo 35, other 342 (2018)
Venezuela
total: 269
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 30, oil tanker 26, other 208 (2018)
Vietnam
total: 1,863
by type: bulk carrier 83, container ship 38, general cargo 1266, oil tanker 114, other 362 (2018)
World
total: 92,647
by type: bulk carrier 11,115, container ship 5,145, general cargo 19,128, oil tanker 10,252, other 47,007 (2018)
Yemen
total: 31
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 4, other 24 (2018)
Zambia
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)