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Field Listing :: Merchant marine
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 containers - for a wide variety of packaged merchandise, such as textiles, furniture and machinery; oil tanker - for crude oil and petroleum products; other - includes chemical carriers, dredgers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, refrigerated cargo ships called reefers, tugboats, passenger vessels (cruise and ferry), and offshore supply ships 

Country Comparison Ranking

By Country Listing of the values for the Merchant marine field
Country Merchant marine
Albania
total: 68
by type: general cargo 49, oil tanker 1, other 18 (2019)
Algeria
total: 114
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 11, oil tanker 10, other 91 (2019)
Angola
total: 55
by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 8, other 33 (2019)
Anguilla
total: 2
by type: other 2 (2019)
Antigua and Barbuda
total: 780
by type: bulk carrier 32, container ship 151, general cargo 534, oil tanker 2, other 61 (2019)
Argentina
total: 192
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 8, oil tanker 30, other 153 (2019)
Australia
total: 579
by type: bulk carrier 4general cargo 80, oil tanker 7, other 488 (2019)
Azerbaijan
total: 305
by type: general cargo 40, oil tanker 48, other 217 (2019)
Bahamas, The
total: 1,401
by type: bulk carrier 333, container ship 49, general cargo 78, oil tanker 268, other 673 (2019)
Bahrain
total: 261
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 11, oil tanker 4, other 244 (2019)
Bangladesh
total: 376
by type: bulk carrier 36, container ship 5, general cargo 97, oil tanker 136, other 102 (2019)
Barbados
total: 132
by type: bulk carrier 25general cargo 90, other 17 (2019)
Belarus
total: 4
by type: other 4 (2019)
Belgium
total: 201
by type: bulk carrier 21general cargo 17, oil tanker 26, other 137 (2019)
Belize
total: 786
by type: bulk carrier 56, container ship 4, general cargo 398, oil tanker 65, other 263 (2019)
Benin
total: 6
by type: other 6 (2019)
Bermuda
total: 148
by type: bulk carrier 2, container ship 11, oil tanker 18, other 117 (2019)
Bolivia
total: 43
by type: general cargo 27, oil tanker 2, other 14 (2019)
Brazil
total: 864
by type: bulk carrier 12, container ship 17, general cargo 45, oil tanker 41, other 749 (2019)
British Virgin Islands
total: 29
by type: general cargo 3, other 26 (2019)
Brunei
total: 104
by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 2, other 84 (2019)
Bulgaria
total: 83
by type: bulk carrier 5general cargo 16, oil tanker 8, other 54 (2019)
Burma
total: 95
by type: bulk carrier 1general cargo 39, oil tanker 6, other 49 (2019)
Cabo Verde
total: 44
by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 3, other 25 (2019)
Cambodia
total: 268
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 176, oil tanker 19, other 71 (2019)
Cameroon
total: 29
by type: general cargo 9, other 20 (2019)
Canada
total: 669
by type: bulk carrier 18, container ship 1, general cargo 76, oil tanker 16, other 558 (2019)
Cayman Islands
total: 170
by type: bulk carrier 32general cargo 4, oil tanker 22, other 112 (2019)
Chile
total: 221
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 5, general cargo 51, oil tanker 14, other 144 (2019)
China
total: 5,594
by type: bulk carrier 1,231, container ship 262, general cargo 846, oil tanker 777, other 2,478 (2019)
Colombia
total: 115
by type: general cargo 21, oil tanker 9, other 85 (2019)
Comoros
total: 230
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 5, general cargo 109, oil tanker 27, other 82 (2019)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
total: 21
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 2, other 15 (2019)
Congo, Republic of the
total: 11
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 9 (2019)
Cook Islands
total: 205
by type: bulk carrier 21, container ship 3, general cargo 85, oil tanker 33, other 63 (2019)
Costa Rica
total: 11
by type: other 11 (2019)
Cote d'Ivoire
total: 15
by type: oil tanker 2, other 13 (2019)
Croatia
total: 336
by type: bulk carrier 15, general cargo 32, oil tanker 20, other 269 (2019)
Cuba
total: 52
by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 3, other 37 (2019)
Curacao
total: 74
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 64 (2019)
Cyprus
total: 1,039
by type: bulk carrier 304, container ship 190, general cargo 183, oil tanker 42, other 320 (2019)
Denmark
total: 682
by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 149, general cargo 59, oil tanker 77, other 390 (2019)
Djibouti
total: 20
by type: general cargo 1, other 19 (2019)
Dominica
total: 108
by type: general cargo 29, oil tanker 29, other 50 (2019)
Dominican Republic
total: 37
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 33 (2019)
Ecuador
total: 137
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 28, other 101 (2019)
Egypt
total: 393
by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 7, general cargo 28, oil tanker 36, other 309 (2019)
El Salvador
total: 2
by type: other 2 (2019)
Equatorial Guinea
total: 38
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 6, other 24 (2019)
Eritrea
total: 9
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 4 (2019)
Estonia
total: 69
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 62 (2019)
Ethiopia
total: 11
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 2 (2019)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
total: 3
by type: general cargo 1, other 2 (2019)
Faroe Islands
total: 107
by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 46, oil tanker 1, other 54 (2019)
Fiji
total: 64
by type: general cargo 19, oil tanker 4, other 41 (2019)
Finland
total: 269
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 1, general cargo 79, oil tanker 4, other 177 (2019)
France
total: 552
by type: bulk carrier 25, general cargo 53, oil tanker 29, other 445 (2019)

note: includes Monaco

French Polynesia
total: 17
by type: general cargo 10, other 7 (2019)
Gabon
total: 28
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 18 (2019)
Gambia, The
total: 8
by type: other 8 (2019)
Georgia
total: 82
by type: bulk carrier 3general cargo 22, oil tanker 2, other 55 (2019)
Germany
total: 609
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 87, general cargo 83, oil tanker 36, other 402 (2019)
Ghana
total: 48
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 3, other 39 (2019)
Gibraltar
total: 232
by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 24, general cargo 71, oil tanker 24, other 103 (2019)
Greece
total: 1,308
by type: bulk carrier 180, container ship 6, general cargo 95, oil tanker 375, other 652 (2019)
Greenland
total: 8
by type: other 8 (2019)
Grenada
total: 6
by type: general cargo 3, other 3 (2019)
Guam
total: 3
by type: other 3 (2019)
Guatemala
total: 9
by type: oil tanker 1, other 8 (2019)
Guinea
total: 2
by type: other 2 (2019)
Guinea-Bissau
total: 8
by type: general cargo 5, other 3 (2019)
Guyana
total: 56
by type: general cargo 28, oil tanker 6, other 22 (2019)
Haiti
total: 4
by type: general cargo 3other 1 (2019)
Honduras
total: 527
by type: general cargo 247, oil tanker 83, other 197 (2019)
Hong Kong
total: 2,701
by type: bulk carrier 1,164, container ship 540, general cargo 201, oil tanker 377, other 419 (2019)
Iceland
total: 37
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 2, other 30 (2019)
India
total: 1,731
by type: bulk carrier 67, container ship 25, general cargo 579, oil tanker 128, other 932 (2019)
Indonesia
total: 9,879
by type: bulk carrier 109, container ship 217, general cargo 2,198, oil tanker 622, other 6,733 (2019)
Iran
total: 785
by type: bulk carrier 31, container ship 26, general cargo 361, oil tanker 17, other 350 (2019)
Iraq
total: 73
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 66 (2019)
Ireland
total: 93
by type: bulk carrier 9general cargo 37, oil tanker 1, other 46 (2019)
Israel
total: 40
by type: bulk carrier 5, general cargo 3, oil tanker 3, other 29 (2019)
Italy
total: 1,353
by type: bulk carrier 48, container ship 9, general cargo 116, oil tanker 120, other 1,060 (2019)
Jamaica
total: 39
by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 8, general cargo 6, other 24 (2019)
Japan
total: 5,017
by type: bulk carrier 158, container ship 37, general cargo 1,767, oil tanker 661, other 2,394 (2019)
Jordan
total: 32
by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 1, other 24 (2019)
Kazakhstan
total: 124
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 5, other 117 (2019)
Kenya
total: 24
by type: oil tanker 2, other 22 (2019)
Kiribati
total: 89
by type: bulk carrier 1general cargo 34, oil tanker 11, other 43 (2019)
Korea, North
total: 264
by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 5, general cargo 188, oil tanker 33, other 29 (2019)
Korea, South
total: 1,880
by type: bulk carrier 83, container ship 86, general cargo 368, oil tanker 187, other 1,156 (2019)
Kuwait
total: 154
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 24, other 115 (2019)
Laos
total: 1
by type: general cargo 1 (2019)
Latvia
total: 58
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 8, other 39 (2019)
Lebanon
total: 55
by type: bulk carrier 2, container ship 1, general cargo 39, oil tanker 1, other 12 (2019)
Liberia
total: 3,496
by type: bulk carrier 1,161, container ship 854, general cargo 145, oil tanker 761, other 575 (2019)
Libya
total: 94
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 12, other 80 (2019)
Lithuania
total: 58
by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 21, oil tanker 2, other 32 (2019)
Luxembourg
total: 143
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 4, general cargo 14, oil tanker 3, other 118 (2019)
Macau
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2019)
Madagascar
total: 28
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2019)
Malaysia
total: 1,748
by type: bulk carrier 15, container ship 22, general cargo 176, oil tanker 140, other 1,395 (2019)
Maldives
total: 62
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 20, oil tanker 16, other 25 (2019)
Malta
total: 2,172
by type: bulk carrier 637, container ship 268, general cargo 253, oil tanker 412, other 602 (2019)
Marshall Islands
total: 3,537
by type: bulk carrier 1,537, container ship 257, general cargo 66, oil tanker 856, other 821 (2019)
Mauritania
total: 5
by type: general cargo 2, other 3 (2019)
Mauritius
total: 28
by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 4, other 23 (2019)
Mexico
total: 637
by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 10, oil tanker 35, other 586 (2019)
Micronesia, Federated States of
total: 39
by type: general cargo 19, oil tanker 4, other 16 (2019)
Moldova
total: 142
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 4, general cargo 98, oil tanker 8, other 28 (2019)
Mongolia
total: 271
by type: bulk carrier 2, container ship 3, general cargo 100, oil tanker 72, other 94 (2019)
Montenegro
total: 12
by type: bulk carrier 4, other 8 (2019)
Morocco
total: 86
by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 4, oil tanker 3, other 75 (2019)
Mozambique
total: 29
by type: general cargo 9, other 20 (2019)
Namibia
total: 12
by type: general cargo 1, other 11 (2019)
Nauru
total: 2
by type: oil tanker 1, other 1 (2019)
Netherlands
total: 1,217
by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 43, general cargo 568, oil tanker 22, other 571 (2019)
New Caledonia
total: 19
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 13 (2019)
New Zealand
total: 113
by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 4, other 97 (2019)
Nicaragua
total: 6
by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2019)
Niger
total: 1
by type: general cargo 1 (2019)
Nigeria
total: 677
by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 105, other 557 (2019)
Niue
total: 61
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 29, oil tanker 2, other 25 (2019)
Northern Mariana Islands
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2018)
Norway
total: 1,576
by type: bulk carrier 98, general cargo 216, oil tanker 87, other 1,175 (2019)
Oman
total: 51
by type: general cargo 10, other 41 (2019)
Pakistan
total: 54
by type: bulk carrier 5, oil tanker 5, other 44 (2019)
Palau
total: 203
by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 11, general cargo 88, oil tanker 31, other 64 (2019)
Panama
total: 7,860
by type: bulk carrier 2,567, container ship 609, general cargo 1,325, oil tanker 798, other 2,561 (2019)
Papua New Guinea
total: 171
by type: bulk carrier 7, general cargo 76, oil tanker 3, other 85 (2019)
Paraguay
total: 106
by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 24, oil tanker 5, other 74 (2019)

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

Peru
total: 98
by type: bulk carrier 1, oil tanker 10, other 87 (2019)
Philippines
total: 1,706
by type: bulk carrier 54, container ship 46, general cargo 685, oil tanker 197, other 724 (2019)
Poland
total: 144
by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 7, other 125 (2019)
Portugal
total: 624
by type: bulk carrier 65, container ship 249, general cargo 99, oil tanker 21, other 190 (2019)
Qatar
total: 136
by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 6, general cargo 5, oil tanker 7, other 109 (2019)
Romania
total: 120
by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 7, other 102 (2019)
Russia
total: 2,739
by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 13, general cargo 899, oil tanker 404, other 1,407 (2019)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
total: 218
by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 3, general cargo 31, oil tanker 51, other 130 (2019)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
total: 810
by type: bulk carrier 19, container ship 12, general cargo 172, oil tanker 16, other 591 (2019)
Samoa
total: 13
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 7 (2019)
Sao Tome and Principe
total: 15
by type: general cargo 11, other 4 (2019)
Saudi Arabia
total: 374
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 20, oil tanker 57, other 291 (2019)
Senegal
total: 32
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 27 (2019)
Seychelles
total: 25
by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 6, other 15 (2019)
Sierra Leone
total: 518
by type: bulk carrier 30, container ship 10, general cargo 263, oil tanker 95, other 120 (2019)
Singapore
total: 3,433
by type: bulk carrier 585, container ship 492, general cargo 130, oil tanker 724, other 1,502 (2019)
Slovenia
total: 8
by type: other 8 (2019)
Solomon Islands
total: 23
by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 1, other 15 (2019)
Somalia
total: 4
by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2019)
South Africa
total: 103
by type: bulk carrier 2general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 94 (2019)
Spain
total: 119
by type: container ship 2, general cargo 17, oil tanker 12, other 88 (2019)
Sri Lanka
total: 97
by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 1, general cargo 17, oil tanker 13, other 58 (2019)
Sudan
total: 17
by type: other 17 (2019)
Suriname
total: 10
by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 2 (2019)
Sweden
total: 360
by type: general cargo 51, oil tanker 20, other 289 (2019)
Switzerland
total: 32 includes Liechtenstein
by type: bulk carrier 24, general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2019)
Syria
total: 25
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 10, other 14 (2019)
Taiwan
total: 389
by type: bulk carrier 30, container ship 47, general cargo 56, oil tanker 32, other 224 (2019)
Tanzania
total: 337
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 8, general cargo 173, oil tanker 44, other 108 (2019)
Thailand
total: 825
by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 27, general cargo 89, oil tanker 243, other 439 (2019)
Timor-Leste
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2019)
Togo
total: 405
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 5, general cargo 266, oil tanker 50, other 79 (2019)
Tonga
total: 36
by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 14, oil tanker 1, other 17 (2019)
Trinidad and Tobago
total: 105
by type: general cargo 1, other 104 (2019)
Tunisia
total: 67
by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 57 (2019)
Turkey
total: 1,234
by type: bulk carrier 57, container ship 54, general cargo 363, oil tanker 124, other 636 (2019)
Turkmenistan
total: 71
by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 8, other 57 (2019)
Turks and Caicos Islands
total: 4
by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2019)
Tuvalu
total: 243
by type: bulk carrier 20, container ship 3, general cargo 39, oil tanker 24, other 157 (2019)
Uganda
total: 1
by type: bulk carrier 1 (2017)
Ukraine
total: 408
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 84, oil tanker 15, other 308 (2019)
United Arab Emirates
total: 637
by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 113, oil tanker 17, other 505 (2019)
United Kingdom
total: 1,426
by type: bulk carrier 143, container ship 108, general cargo 125, oil tanker 137, other 913 (2019)
United States
total: 3,673
by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 60, general cargo 104, oil tanker 68, other 3,436 (2019)
Uruguay
total: 60
by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 51 (2019)
Vanuatu
total: 369
by type: bulk carrier 26, container ship 1, general cargo 45, other 297 (2019)
Venezuela
total: 289
by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 27, oil tanker 23, other 234 (2019)
Vietnam
total: 1,863
by type: bulk carrier 83, container ship 38, general cargo 1266, oil tanker 114, other 362 (2018)
Virgin Islands
total: 1,868
by type: bulk carrier 91, container ship 39, general cargo 1,205, oil tanker 118, other 415 (2019)
World
total: 94,980
by type: bulk carrier 11,369, container ship 5,265, general cargo 18,614, oil tanker 10,619, other 49,113 (2019)
Yemen
total: 34
by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 4, other 27 (2019)
Zambia
total: 1
by type: other 1 (2017)