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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

  • Albania

    total: 70

    by type: general cargo 50, oil tanker 1, other 19 (2020)

  • Algeria

    total: 114

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 2, general cargo 11, oil tanker 11, other 89 (2020)

  • Angola

    total: 54

    by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 8, other 32 (2020)

  • Anguilla

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2020)

  • Antigua and Barbuda

    total: 727

    by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 135, general cargo 507, oil tanker 2, other 56 (2020)

  • Argentina

    total: 199

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 8, oil tanker 32, other 158 (2020)

  • Australia

    total: 581

    by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 78, oil tanker 6, other 494 (2020)

  • Azerbaijan

    total: 303

    by type: general cargo 38, oil tanker 45, other 220 (2020)

  • Bahamas, The

    total: 1,381

    by type: bulk carrier 345, container ship 53, general cargo 70, oil tanker 240, other 673 (2020)

  • Bahrain

    total: 234

    by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 4, other 219 (2020)

  • Bangladesh

    total: 427

    by type: bulk carrier 46, container ship 4, general cargo 118, oil tanker 142, other 117 (2020)

  • Barbados

    total: 145

    by type: bulk carrier 31, general cargo 100, other 14 (2020)

  • Belarus

    total: 4

    by type: other 4 (2020)

  • Belgium

    total: 203

    by type: bulk carrier 21, container ship 5, general cargo 16, oil tanker 25, other 136 (2020)

  • Belize

    total: 790

    by type: bulk carrier 50, container ship 4, general cargo 401, oil tanker 67, other 268 (2020)

  • Benin

    total: 6

    by type: other 6 (2020)

  • Bermuda

    total: 138

    by type: container ship 12, oil tanker 18, other 108 (2020)

  • Bolivia

    total: 42

    by type: general cargo 27, oil tanker 1, other 14 (2020)

  • Brazil

    total: 875

    by type: bulk carrier 12, container ship 18, general cargo 45, oil tanker 38, other 762 (2020)

  • British Virgin Islands

    total: 31

    by type: general cargo 4, other 27 (2020)

  • Brunei

    total: 102

    by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 2, other 82 (2020)

  • Bulgaria

    total: 81

    by type: bulk carrier 5, general cargo 15, oil tanker 8, other 53 (2020)

  • Burma

    total: 93

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 37, oil tanker 5, other 49 (2020)

  • Cabo Verde

    total: 43

    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 2, other 25 (2020)

  • Cambodia

    total: 257

    by type: container ship 2, general cargo 170, oil tanker 19, other 66 (2020)

  • Cameroon

    total: 61

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 34, oil tanker 2, other 24 (2020)

  • Canada

    total: 691

    by type: bulk carrier 20, container ship 1, general cargo 76, oil tanker 15, other 579 (2020)

  • Cayman Islands

    total: 163

    by type: bulk carrier 31, general cargo 3, oil tanker 23, other 106 (2020)

  • Chile

    total: 229

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 5, general cargo 56, oil tanker 13, other 147 (2020)

  • China

    total: 6,197

    by type: bulk carrier 1,515, container ship 322, general cargo 862, oil tanker 968, other 2,530 (2020)

  • Colombia

    total: 120

    by type: general cargo 22, oil tanker 8, other 90 (2020)

  • Comoros

    total: 244

    by type: bulk carrier 7, container ship 9, general cargo 105, oil tanker 28, other 95 (2020)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    total: 21

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 2, other 15 (2020)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    total: 11

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 9 (2020)

  • Cook Islands

    total: 204

    by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 1, general cargo 80, oil tanker 34, other 67 (2020)

  • Costa Rica

    total: 10

    by type: other 10 (2020)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    total: 25

    by type: oil tanker 2, other 23 (2020)

  • Croatia

    total: 343

    by type: bulk carrier 14, general cargo 33, oil tanker 19, other 277 (2020)

  • Cuba

    total: 55

    by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 6, other 37 (2020)

  • Curacao

    total: 66

    by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 1, other 57 (2020)

  • Cyprus

    total: 1,065

    by type: bulk carrier 286, container ship 197, general cargo 190, oil tanker 49, other 343 (2020)

  • Denmark

    total: 692

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 148, general cargo 62, oil tanker 87, other 394 (2020)

  • Djibouti

    total: 18

    by type: general cargo 1, other 17 (2020)

  • Dominica

    total: 98

    by type: general cargo 28, oil tanker 22, other 48 (2020)

  • Dominican Republic

    total: 38

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 34 (2020)

  • Ecuador

    total: 147

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 29, other 110 (2020)

  • Egypt

    total: 402

    by type: bulk carrier 14, container ship 8, general cargo 28, oil tanker 37, other 315 (2020)

  • El Salvador

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2020)

  • Equatorial Guinea

    total: 40

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 8, oil tanker 6, other 25 (2020)

  • Eritrea

    total: 9

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 4 (2020)

  • Estonia

    total: 67

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 5, other 60 (2020)

  • Ethiopia

    total: 11

    by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 2 (2020)

  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    total: 2

    by type: general cargo 1, other 1 (2020)

  • Faroe Islands

    total: 100

    by type: container ships 6, general cargo 46, oil tanker 1, other 47 (2020)

  • Fiji

    total: 70

    by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 4, other 48 (2020)

  • Finland

    total: 274

    by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 1, general cargo 77, oil tanker 4, other 183 (2020)

  • France

    total: 545

    by type: container ship 30, general cargo 50, oil tanker 28, other 437 (2020)

    note: includes Monaco

  • French Polynesia

    total: 24

    by type: general cargo 14, other 10 (2020)

  • French Southern and Antarctic Lands

    total: 3

    by type: other 3 (2020)

  • Gabon

    total: 40

    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 6, other 18 (2020)

  • Gambia, The

    total: 8

    by type: other 8 (2020)

  • Georgia

    total: 81

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 22, oil tanker 2, other 55 (2020)

  • Germany

    total: 607

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 84, general cargo 86, oil tanker 37, other 399 (2020)

  • Ghana

    total: 50

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 3, other 41 (2020)

  • Gibraltar

    total: 217

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 24, general cargo 64, oil tanker 21, other 100 (2020)

  • Greece

    total: 1,294

    by type: bulk carrier 165, container ship 6, general cargo 95, oil tanker 379, other 649 (2020)

  • Greenland

    total: 8

    by type: other 8 (2020)

  • Grenada

    total: 6

    by type: general cargo 3, other 3 (2020)

  • Guam

    total: 3

    by type: other 3 (2020)

  • Guatemala

    total: 8

    by type: oil tanker 1, other 7 (2020)

  • Guinea

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2020)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    total: 8

    by type: general cargo 5, other 3 (2020)

  • Guyana

    total: 58

    by type: general cargo 28, oil tanker 7, other 23 (2020)

  • Haiti

    total: 4

    by type: general cargo 3, other 1 (2020)

  • Honduras

    total: 514

    by type: general cargo 246, oil tanker 83, other 185 (2020)

  • Hong Kong

    total: 2,694

    by type: bulk carrier 1,157, container ship 551, general cargo 188, oil tanker 372, other 426 (2020)

  • Hungary

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2020)

  • Iceland

    total: 40

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 2, other 33 (2020)

  • India

    total: 1,768

    by type: bulk carrier 63, container ship 23, general cargo 579, oil tanker 141, other 962 (2020)

  • Indonesia

    total: 10,137

    by type: bulk carrier 129, container ship 226, general cargo 2,213, oil tanker 643, other 6,926 (2020)

  • Iran

    total: 877

    by type: bulk carrier 32, container ship 26, general cargo 373, oil tanker 83, other 363 (2020)

  • Iraq

    total: 68

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 61 (2020)

  • Ireland

    total: 95

    by type: bulk carrier 11, general cargo 37, oil tanker 1, other 46 (2020)

  • Israel

    total: 41

    by type: container ship 6, general cargo 3, oil tanker 3, other 29 (2020)

  • Italy

    total: 1,310

    by type: bulk carrier 42, container ship 7, general cargo 114, oil tanker 107, other 1,040 (2020)

  • Jamaica

    total: 46

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 7, general cargo 8, oil tanker 1, other 29 (2020)

  • Japan

    total: 5,041

    by type: bulk carrier 161, container ship 43, general cargo 1,789, oil tanker 667, other 2,381 (2020)

  • Jordan

    total: 35

    by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 1, other 27 (2020)

  • Kazakhstan

    total: 128

    by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 8, other 117 (2020)

  • Kenya

    total: 24

    by type: oil tanker 2, other 22 (2020)

  • Kiribati

    total: 87

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 38, oil tanker 10, other 37 (2020)

  • Korea, North

    total: 261

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 5, general cargo 187, oil tanker 32, other 29 (2020)

  • Korea, South

    total: 1,889

    by type: bulk carrier 88, container ship 84, general cargo 357, oil tanker 187, other 1,173 (2020)

  • Kuwait

    total: 159

    by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 24, other 120 (2020)

  • Laos

    total: 1

    by type: general cargo 1 (2020)

  • Latvia

    total: 66

    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 9, other 41 (2020)

  • Lebanon

    total: 52

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 37, oil tanker 1, other 12 (2020)

  • Liberia

    total: 3,716

    by type: bulk carrier 1,325, container ship 858, general cargo 141, oil tanker 820, other 572 (2020)

  • Libya

    total: 94

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 12, other 80 (2020)

  • Liechtenstein

    total: 28

    by type: bulk carrier 21, general cargo 3, oil tanker 1, other 3 (includes Switzerland) (2020)

  • Lithuania

    total: 61

    by type: container ship 4, general cargo 23, oil tanker 2, other 32 (2020)

  • Luxembourg

    total: 150

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 21, oil tanker 3, other 121 (2020)

  • Macau

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2020)

  • Madagascar

    total: 29

    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2020)

  • Malaysia

    total: 1,772

    by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 26, general cargo 179, oil tanker 153, other 1,398 (2020)

  • Maldives

    total: 67

    by type: general cargo 21, oil tanker 18, other 28 (2020)

  • Malta

    total: 2,207

    by type: bulk carrier 617, container ship 315, general cargo 240, oil tanker 422, other 613 (2020)

  • Marshall Islands

    total: 3,683

    by type: bulk carrier 1,647, container ship 249, general cargo 73, oil tanker 915, other 799 (2020)

  • Mauritania

    total: 5

    by type: general cargo 2, other 3 (2020)

  • Mauritius

    total: 30

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 5, other 24 (2020)

  • Mexico

    total: 668

    by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 10, oil tanker 34, other 618 (2020)

  • Micronesia, Federated States of

    total: 38

    by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 4, other 16 (2020)

  • Moldova

    total: 127

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 5, general cargo 84, oil tanker 8, other 25 (2020)

  • Mongolia

    total: 294

    by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 4, general cargo 113, oil tanker 70, other 104 (2020)

  • Montenegro

    total: 16

    by type: bulk carrier 4, other 12 (2020)

  • Morocco

    total: 88

    by type: container ship 7, general cargo 4, oil tanker 2, other 75 (2020)

  • Mozambique

    total: 29

    by type: general cargo 9, other 20 (2020)

  • Namibia

    total: 14

    by type: general cargo 1, other 13 (2020)

  • Nauru

    total: 5

    by type: oil tanker 2, other 3 (2020)

  • Netherlands

    total: 1,200

    by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 45, general cargo 557, oil tanker 23, other 565 (2020)

  • New Caledonia

    total: 26

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 20 (2020)

  • New Zealand

    total: 114

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 12, oil tanker 4, other 97 (2020)

  • Nicaragua

    total: 5

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2020)

  • Niger

    total: 1

    by type: general cargo 1 (2020)

  • Nigeria

    total: 728

    by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 110, other 603 (2020)

  • Niue

    total: 67

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 25, oil tanker 3, other 33 (2020)

  • Northern Mariana Islands

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2019)

  • Norway

    total: 1,619

    by type: bulk carrier 102, general cargo 242, oil tanker 92, other 1,183 (2020)

  • Oman

    total: 55

    by type: general cargo 10, other 45 (2020)

  • Pakistan

    total: 57

    by type: bulk carrier 5, oil tanker 7, other 45 (2020)

  • Palau

    total: 232

    by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 7, general cargo 104, oil tanker 25, other 83 (2020)

  • Panama

    total: 7,886

    by type: bulk carrier 2,604, container ship 615, general cargo 1,347, oil tanker 789, other 2,531 (2020)

  • Papua New Guinea

    total: 175

    by type: container ship 6, general cargo 80, oil tanker 3, other 86 (2020)

  • Paraguay

    total: 110

    by type: container ship 3, general cargo 25, oil tanker 5, other 77 (2020)

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

  • Peru

    total: 97

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 10, other 86 (2020)

  • Philippines

    total: 1,747

    by type: bulk carrier 69, container ship 45, general cargo 682, oil tanker 203, other 748 (2020)

  • Poland

    total: 142

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 7, other 129 (2020)

  • Portugal

    total: 673

    by type: bulk carrier 74, container ship 255, general cargo 122, oil tanker 23, other 199 (2020)

  • Qatar

    total: 131

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 6, general cargo 5, oil tanker 5, other 107 (2020)

  • Romania

    total: 120

    by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 7, other 102 (2020)

  • Russia

    total: 2,808

    by type: bulk carrier 15, container ship 16, general cargo 923, oil tanker 406, other 1,448 (2020)

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    total: 218

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 3, general cargo 35, oil tanker 52, other 124 (2020)

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    total: 813

    by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 17, general cargo 163, oil tanker 16, other 595 (2020)

  • Samoa

    total: 12

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 7 (2020)

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    total: 17

    by type: general cargo 12, other 5 (2020)

  • Saudi Arabia

    total: 376

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 22, oil tanker 61, other 287 (2020)

  • Senegal

    total: 34

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 29 (2020)

  • Seychelles

    total: 26

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 6, other 16 (2020)

  • Sierra Leone

    total: 557

    by type: bulk carrier 31, container ship 12, general cargo 286, oil tanker 104, other 124 (2020)

  • Singapore

    total: 3,420

    by type: bulk carrier 570, container ship 497, general cargo 123, oil tanker 748, other 1,482 (2020)

  • Slovenia

    total: 9

    by type: other 9 (2020)

  • Solomon Islands

    total: 24

    by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 1, other 15 (2020)

  • Somalia

    total: 4

    by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2020)

  • South Africa

    total: 103

    by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 93 (2020)

  • Spain

    total: 474

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 36, oil tanker 25, other 412 (2020)

  • Sri Lanka

    total: 96

    by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 1, general cargo 19, oil tanker 12, other 58 (2020)

  • Sudan

    total: 15

    by type: other 15 (2020)

  • Suriname

    total: 10

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 2 (2020)

  • Sweden

    total: 368

    by type: general cargo 49, oil tanker 20, other 299 (2020)

  • Switzerland

    total: 28

    by type: bulk carrier 21, general cargo 3, oil tanker 1, other 3 (includes Liechtenstein) (2020)

  • Syria

    total: 26

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 11, other 14 (2020)

  • Taiwan

    total: 407

    by type: bulk carrier 36, container ship 49, general cargo 57, oil tanker 31, other 234 (2020)

  • Tanzania

    total: 315

    by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 5, general cargo 156, oil tanker 45, other 106 (2020)

  • Thailand

    total: 840

    by type: bulk carrier 26, container ship 28, general cargo 87, oil tanker 257, other 442 (2020)

  • Timor-Leste

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2020)

  • Togo

    total: 415

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 7, general cargo 271, oil tanker 49, other 84 (2020)

  • Tonga

    total: 36

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 4, general cargo 14, oil tanker 1, other 16 (2020)

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    total: 103

    by type: general cargo 1, other 102 (2020)

  • Tunisia

    total: 69

    by type: general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 59 (2020)

  • Turkey

    total: 1,216

    by type: bulk carrier 50, container ship 42, general cargo 338, oil tanker 121, other 665 (2020)

  • Turkmenistan

    total: 68

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 8, other 54 (2020)

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

    total: 3

    by type: general cargo 1, other 2 (2020)

  • Tuvalu

    total: 246

    by type: bulk carrier 20, container ship 3, general cargo 38, oil tanker 20, other 165 (2020)

  • Uganda

    total: 1

    by type: bulk carrier 1 (2019)

  • Ukraine

    total: 409

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 85, oil tanker 15, other 308 (2020)

  • United Arab Emirates

    total: 640

    by type: container ship 3, general cargo 120, oil tanker 19, other 498 (2020)

  • United Kingdom

    total: 1,304

    by type: bulk carrier 147, container ship 59, general cargo 116, oil tanker 99, other 883 (2020)

  • United States

    total: 3,652

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 63, general cargo 104, oil tanker 68, other 3,412 (2020)

  • Uruguay

    total: 60

    by type:  container ship 1, general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 51 (2020)

  • Vanuatu

    total: 345

    by type: bulk carrier 23, container ship 1, general cargo 43, other 278 (2020)

  • Venezuela

    total: 282

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 26, oil tanker 21, other 230 (2020)

  • Vietnam

    total: 1,909

    by type: bulk carrier 102, container ship 40, general cargo 1,196, oil tanker 121, other 450 (2020)

  • 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: 2,068,970

    by type: bulk carrier 879,330, container ship 274,856, general cargo 76,140, oil tanker 601,544, other 237,100 (2020)

  • Yemen

    total: 33

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 4, other 27 (2020)

  • Zambia

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2019)