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FIELD LISTING :: MERCHANT MARINE Print
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.


Country Comparison to the World

CountryMERCHANT MARINE
Albania total: 57
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 49, other 7 (2017)
Algeria total: 110
by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 13, oil tanker 9, other 85 (2017)
Angola total: 55
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 9, other 32 (2017)
Anguilla total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)
Antigua and Barbuda total: 964
by type: bulk carrier 36, container ship 238, general cargo 615, oil tanker 2, other 73 (2017)
Argentina total: 161
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 9, oil tanker 27, other 124 (2017)
Australia total: 549
by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 83, oil tanker 10, other 452 (2017)
Azerbaijan total: 311
by type: general cargo 48, oil tanker 48, other 215 (2017)
Bahamas, The total: 1,440
by type: bulk carrier 335, container ship 53, general cargo 98, oil tanker 284, other 670 (2017)
Bahrain total: 260
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 11, oil tanker 4, other 242 (2017)
Bangladesh total: 306
by type: bulk carrier 28, container ship 4, general cargo 75, oil tanker 110, other 89 (2017)
Barbados total: 112
by type: bulk carrier 18, general cargo 71, oil tanker 2, other 21 (2017)
Belarus total: 4
by type: other 4 (2017)
Belgium total: 185
by type: bulk carrier 15, general cargo 15, oil tanker 20, other 135 (2017)
Belize total: 756
by type: bulk carrier 53, container ship 3, general cargo 373, oil tanker 55, other 272 (2017)
Benin total: 6
by type: other 6 (2017)
Bermuda total: 160
by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 8, general cargo 1, oil tanker 18, other 123 (2017)
Bolivia total: 55
by type: general cargo 41, oil tanker 3, other 11 (2017)
Brazil total: 775
by type: bulk carrier 20, container ship 18, general cargo 48, oil tanker 38, other 651 (2017)
British Virgin Islands total: 20
by type: general cargo 4, other 16 (2017)
Brunei total: 106
by type: general cargo 20, LNG tanker 5, other 81 (2018)
Bulgaria total: 80
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 18, oil tanker 8, other 52 (2017)
Burma total: 97
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 43, oil tanker 5, other 48 (2017)
Cabo Verde total: 42
by type: general cargo 19, oil tanker 2, other 21 (2017)
Cambodia total: 442
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 328, oil tanker 26, other 85 (2017)
Cameroon total: 19
by type: general cargo 4, other 15 (2017)
Canada total: 639
by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 1, general cargo 88, oil tanker 15, other 519 (2017)
Cayman Islands total: 161
by type: bulk carrier 29, general cargo 4, oil tanker 16, other 112 (2017)
Chile total: 211
by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 5, general cargo 54, oil tanker 12, other 130 (2017)
China total: 4,287
by type: bulk carrier 1,069, container ship 198, general cargo 697, oil tanker 480, other 1,843 (2017)
Colombia total: 103
by type: general cargo 17, oil tanker 9, other 77 (2017)
Comoros total: 203
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 86, oil tanker 26, other 86 (2017)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the total: 33
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 1, other 14 (2017)
Congo, Republic of the total: 40
by type: general cargo 27, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2017)
Cook Islands total: 218
by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 5, general cargo 102, oil tanker 17, other 67 (2017)
Costa Rica total: 10
by type: general cargo 2, other 8 (2017)
Cote d'Ivoire total: 9
by type: oil tanker 2, other 7 (2017)
Croatia total: 288
by type: bulk carrier 17, general cargo 39, oil tanker 18, other 214 (2017)
Cuba total: 43
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 3, other 29 (2017)
Curacao total: 92
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 1, other 73 (2017)
Cyprus total: 1,022
by type: bulk carrier 307, container ship 183, general cargo 164, oil tanker 57, other 311 (2017)
Denmark total: 654
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 114, general cargo 77, oil tanker 75, other 381 (2017)
Djibouti total: 18
by type: oil tanker 2, other 16 (2017)
Dominica total: 76
by type: general cargo 24, oil tanker 15, other 37 (2017)
Dominican Republic total: 23
by type: general cargo 2, other 21 (2017)
Ecuador total: 138
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 37, other 95 (2017)
Egypt total: 399
by type: bulk carrier 14, container ship 8, general cargo 33, oil tanker 36, other 308 (2017)
El Salvador total: 2
by type: other 2 (2017)
Equatorial Guinea total: 40
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 8, other 24 (2017)
Eritrea total: 9
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 4 (2017)
Estonia total: 78
by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 5, other 66 (2017)
Ethiopia total: 11
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 2 (2017)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) total: 3
by type: general cargo 1, other 2 (2017)
Faroe Islands total: 96
by type: container ship 2, general cargo 41, oil tanker 1, other 52 (2017)
Fiji total: 68
by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 25, oil tanker 2, other 35 (2017)
Finland total: 267
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 1, general cargo 92, oil tanker 5, other 162 (2017)
France total: 555
by type: container ship 24, general cargo 72, oil tanker 28, other 431
note: includes Monaco (2017)
French Polynesia total: 17
by type: general cargo 8, other 9 (2017)
Gabon total: 27
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 1, other 15 (2017)
Gambia, The total: 8
by type: other 8 (2017)
Georgia total: 84
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 24, oil tanker 2, other 57 (2017)
Germany total: 614
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 117, general cargo 87, oil tanker 34, other 375 (2017)
Ghana total: 44
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 2, other 36 (2017)
Gibraltar total: 291
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 31, general cargo 116, oil tanker 20, other 116 (2017)
Greece total: 1,364
by type: bulk carrier 207, container ship 7, general cargo 127, oil tanker 423, other 600 (2017)
Greenland total: 8
by type: general cargo 1, other 7 (2017)
Grenada total: 6
by type: general cargo 3, other 3 (2017)
Guam total: 3
by type: other 3 (2017)
Guatemala total: 9
by type: oil tanker 1, other 8 (2017)
Guinea total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)
Guinea-Bissau total: 9
by type: general cargo 5, other 4 (2017)
Guyana total: 55
by type: general cargo 26, oil tanker 6, other 23 (2017)
Haiti total: 4
by type: general cargo 3, other 1 (2017)
Honduras total: 552
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 250, oil tanker 90, other 211 (2017)
Hong Kong total: 2,576
by type: bulk carrier 1,142, container ship 471, general cargo 226, oil tanker 346, other 391 (2017)
Iceland total: 33
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 1, other 26 (2017)
India total: 1,674
by type: bulk carrier 74, container ship 20, general cargo 571, oil tanker 126, other 883 (2017)
Indonesia total: 8,782
by type: bulk carrier 81, container ship 194, general cargo 2,142, oil tanker 544, other 5,821 (2017)
Iran total: 739
by type: bulk carrier 32, container ship 28, general cargo 340, oil tanker 26, other 313 (2017)
Iraq total: 77
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 70 (2017)
Ireland total: 83
by type: bulk carrier 9, general cargo 28, oil tanker 1, other 45 (2017)
Israel total: 42
by type: container ship 5, general cargo 4, oil tanker 3, other 30 (2017)
Italy total: 1,430
by type: bulk carrier 65, container ship 10, general cargo 145, oil tanker 135, other 1,075 (2017)
Jamaica total: 41
by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 8, general cargo 11, other 19 (2017)
Japan total: 5,289
by type: bulk carrier 150, container ship 20, general cargo 1,963, oil tanker 714, other 2,442 (2017)
Jordan total: 31
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 21 (2017)
Kazakhstan total: 119
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 10, other 105 (2017)
Kenya total: 20
by type: oil tanker 2, other 18 (2017)
Kiribati total: 133
by type: bulk carrier 5, general cargo 51, oil tanker 22, other 55 (2017)
Korea, North total: 248
by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 3, general cargo 184, oil tanker 25, other 30 (2017)
Korea, South total: 1,907
by type: bulk carrier 100, container ship 89, general cargo 394, oil tanker 201, other 1,123 (2017)
Kuwait total: 161
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 18, oil tanker 27, other 115 (2017)
Laos total: 1
by type: general cargo 1 (2017)
Latvia total: 65
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 8, other 42 (2017)
Lebanon total: 54
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 39, oil tanker 1, other 12 (2017)
Liberia total: 3,296
by type: bulk carrier 984, container ship 892, general cargo 120, oil tanker 750, other 550 (2017)
Libya total: 98
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 16, other 80 (2017)
Lithuania total: 60
by type: container ship 2, general cargo 27, oil tanker 2, other 29 (2017)
Luxembourg total: 152
by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 21, general cargo 2, other 126 (2017)
Macau total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)
Madagascar total: 28
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 3, other 10 (2017)
Malaysia total: 1,690
by type: bulk carrier 12, container ship 26, general cargo 188, oil tanker 129, other 1,335 (2017)
Maldives total: 66
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 27, oil tanker 14, other 23 (2017)
Malta total: 2,170
by type: bulk carrier 660, container ship 285, general cargo 317, oil tanker 330, other 578 (2017)
Marshall Islands total: 3,199
by type: bulk carrier 1,263, container ship 260, general cargo 80, oil tanker 775, other 821 (2017)
Mauritania total: 6
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 2, other 3 (2017)
Mauritius total: 28
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 3, other 23 (2017)
Mexico total: 622
by type: bulk carrier 5, general cargo 9, oil tanker 32, other 576 (2017)
Micronesia, Federated States of total: 88
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 63, oil tanker 6, other 17 (2017)
Moldova total: 172
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 2, general cargo 130, oil tanker 8, other 27 (2017)
Mongolia total: 261
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 5, general cargo 101, oil tanker 67, other 80 (2017)
Montenegro total: 12
by type: bulk carrier 4, other 8 (2017)
Morocco total: 82
by type: container ship 6, general cargo 6, oil tanker 1, other 69 (2017)
Mozambique total: 27
by type: general cargo 10, other 17 (2017)
Namibia total: 9
by type: general cargo 1, other 8 (2017)
Netherlands total: 1,244
by type: bulk carrier 11, container ship 42, general cargo 597, oil tanker 15, other 579 (2017)
New Caledonia total: 9
by type: general cargo 2, other 7 (2017)
New Zealand total: 103
by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 4, other 83 (2017)
Nicaragua total: 5
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2017)
Niger total: 2
by type: oil tanker 1, other 1 (2017)
Nigeria total: 583
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 83, other 486 (2017)
Norway total: 1,585
by type: bulk carrier 99, general cargo 240, oil tanker 80, other 1,166 (2017)
Oman total: 51
by type: general cargo 9, other 42 (2017)
Pakistan total: 52
by type: bulk carrier 5, oil tanker 6, other 41 (2017)
Panama total: 8,052
by type: bulk carrier 2,665, container ship 617, general cargo 1,293, oil tanker 809, other 2,668 (2017)
Papua New Guinea total: 173
by type: container ship 8, general cargo 80, oil tanker 3, other 82 (2017)
Paraguay total: 78
by type: container ship 3, general cargo 22, oil tanker 6, other 47 (2017)
note: as of 2017, Paraguay registered 2,012 fluvial vessels of which 1,741 were commercial barges
Peru total: 88
by type: container ship 2, oil tanker 12, other 74 (2017)
Philippines total: 1,508
by type: bulk carrier 64, container ship 33, general cargo 627, oil tanker 184, other 600 (2017)
Poland total: 152
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 13, oil tanker 7, other 131 (2017)
Portugal total: 466
by type: bulk carrier 52, container ship 165, general cargo 57, oil tanker 7, other 185 (2017)
Qatar total: 143
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 6, general cargo 5, oil tanker 6, other 118 (2017)
Romania total: 114
by type: general cargo 13, oil tanker 7, other 94 (2017)
Russia total: 2,572
by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 13, general cargo 874, oil tanker 411, other 1,258 (2017)
Saint Kitts and Nevis total: 274
by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 5, general cargo 58, oil tanker 60, other 145 (2017)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines total: 882
by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 12, general cargo 198, oil tanker 17, other 633 (2017)
Samoa total: 10
by type: general cargo 4, other 6 (2017)
Sao Tome and Principe total: 16
by type: general cargo 12, other 4 (2017)
Saudi Arabia total: 357
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 19, oil tanker 31, other 301 (2017)
Senegal total: 26
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 1, other 22 (2017)
Seychelles total: 24
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 6, other 14 (2017)
Sierra Leone total: 451
by type: bulk carrier 20, container ship 10, general cargo 252, oil tanker 59, other 110 (2017)
Singapore total: 3,558
by type: bulk carrier 592, container ship 504, general cargo 134, oil tanker 722, other 1,606 (2017)
Slovenia total: 7
by type: other 7 (2017)
Solomon Islands total: 22
by type: general cargo 6, other 16 (2017)
Somalia total: 5
by type: general cargo 2, other 3 (2017)
South Africa total: 82
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 1, oil tanker 5, other 74 (2017)
Spain total: 472
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 44, oil tanker 28, other 399 (2017)
Sri Lanka total: 82
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 1, general cargo 9, oil tanker 10, other 54 (2017)
Sudan total: 17
by type: general cargo 1, other 16 (2017)
Suriname total: 10
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 2 (2017)
Sweden total: 368
by type: general cargo 71, oil tanker 23, other 274 (2017)
Switzerland total: 51
by type: bulk carrier 30, general cargo 12, oil tanker 1, other 8 (2017)
Syria total: 21
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 7, other 13 (2017)
Taiwan total: 350
by type: bulk carrier 26, container ship 38, general cargo 59, oil tanker 24, other 203 (2017)
Tanzania total: 279
by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 9, general cargo 147, oil tanker 29, other 84 (2017)
Thailand total: 781
by type: bulk carrier 25, container ship 23, general cargo 94, oil tanker 240, other 399 (2017)
Togo total: 308
by type: bulk carrier 11, container ship 3, general cargo 199, oil tanker 44, other 51 (2017)
Tonga total: 34
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 14, oil tanker 1, other 17 (2017)
Trinidad and Tobago total: 105
by type: general cargo 1, other 104 (2017)
Tunisia total: 62
by type: general cargo 13, oil tanker 1, other 48 (2017)
Turkey total: 1,285
by type: bulk carrier 78, container ship 50, general cargo 432, oil tanker 121, other 604 (2017)
Turkmenistan total: 73
by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 8, other 57 (2017)
Turks and Caicos Islands total: 4
by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2017)
Tuvalu total: 245
by type: bulk carrier 18, container ship 2, general cargo 36, oil tanker 27, other 162 (2017)
Uganda total: 1
by type: bulk carrier 1 (2017)
Ukraine total: 419
by type: general cargo 91, oil tanker 15, other 313 (2017)
United Arab Emirates total: 618
by type: general cargo 97, oil tanker 26, other 495 (2017)
United Kingdom total: 1,551
by type: bulk carrier 117, container ship 112, general cargo 175, oil tanker 173, other 974 (2017)
United States total: 3,611
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 61, general cargo 114, oil tanker 66, other 3,365 (2017)
Uruguay total: 56
by type: container ship 1, general cargo 6, oil tanker 4, other 45 (2017)
Vanuatu total: 421
by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 1, general cargo 27, other 371 (2017)
Venezuela total: 267
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 31, oil tanker 24, other 207 (2017)
Vietnam total: 1,818
by type: bulk carrier 81, container ship 34, general cargo 1,259, oil tanker 109, other 335 (2017)
World total: 91,557
by type: bulk carrier 10,872, container ship 5,137, general cargo 19,160, oil tanker 9,995, other 46,396 (2017)
Yemen total: 31
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 4, other 24 (2017)
Zambia total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)