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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 

  • Albania

    total: 70

    by type: general cargo 47, oil tanker 1, other 22 (2021)

  • Algeria

    total: 114

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 2, general cargo 11, oil tanker 11, other 89 (2021)

  • Angola

    total: 54

    by type: general cargo 13, oil tanker 8, other 33 (2021)

  • Anguilla

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2021)

  • Antigua and Barbuda

    total: 677

    by type: bulk carrier 24, container ship 123, general cargo 473, oil tanker 2, other 55 (2021)

  • Argentina

    total: 202

    by type: container ship 1,bulk carrier 1 general cargo 8, oil tanker 33, other 159 (2021)

  • Aruba

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • Australia

    total: 581

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 76, oil tanker 7, other 496 (2021)

  • Austria

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • Azerbaijan

    total: 305

    by type: general cargo 38, oil tanker 43, other 224 (2021)

  • Bahamas, The

    total: 1,323

    by type: bulk carrier 333, container ship 45, general cargo 64, oil tanker 224, other 657 (2021)

  • Bahrain

    total: 205

    by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 4, other 189 (2021)

  • Bangladesh

    total: 468

    by type: bulk carrier 48, container ship 6, general cargo 140, oil tanker 144, other 130 (2021)

  • Barbados

    total: 165

    by type: bulk carrier 46, general cargo 103, other 16 (2021)

  • Belarus

    total: 4

    by type: other 4 (2021)

  • Belgium

    total: 201

    by type: bulk carrier 19, container ship 7, general cargo 16, oil tanker 21, other 138 (2021)

  • Belize

    total: 813

    by type: bulk carrier 54, container ship 1, general cargo 428, oil tanker 70, other 260 (2021)

  • Benin

    total: 6

    by type: other 6 (2021)

  • Bermuda

    total: 147

    by type: container ship 12, oil tanker 18, other 117 (2021)

  • Bolivia

    total: 45

    by type: general cargo 29, oil tanker 2, other 14 (2021)

  • Brazil

    total: 864

    by type: bulk carrier 11, container ship 19, general cargo 42, oil tanker 31, other 761 (2021)

  • British Virgin Islands

    total: 30

    by type: general cargo 3, other 27 (2021)

  • Brunei

    total: 96

    by type: general cargo 18, oil tanker 3, other 75 (2021)

  • Bulgaria

    total: 79

    by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 14, oil tanker 8, other 53 (2021)

  • Burma

    total: 95

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 39, oil tanker 5, other 49 (2021)

  • Cabo Verde

    total: 46

    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 3, other 27 (2021)

  • Cambodia

    total: 245

    by type: container ship 2, general cargo 162, oil tanker 18, other 63 (2021)

  • Cameroon

    total: 94

    by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 1,general cargo 35, oil tanker 24, other 31 (2021)

  • Canada

    total: 679

    by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 1, general cargo 66, oil tanker 15, other 575 (2021)

  • Cayman Islands

    total: 160

    by type: bulk carrier 32, container ship 1, general cargo 1, oil tanker 23, other 103 (2021)

  • Chile

    total: 231

    by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 5, general cargo 58, oil tanker 14, other 148 (2021)

  • China

    total: 6,662

    by type: bulk carrier 1,558, container ship 341, general cargo 957, oil tanker 1,061, other 2,745 (2021)

  • Colombia

    total: 122

    by type: general cargo 23, oil tanker 7, other 92 (2021)

  • Comoros

    total: 236

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 7, general cargo 112, oil tanker 31, other 78 (2021)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    total: 22

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 2, other 16 (2021)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    total: 11

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 9 (2021)

  • Cook Islands

    total: 194

    by type: bulk carrier 19, container ship 1, general cargo 57, oil tanker 54, other 63 (2021)

  • Costa Rica

    total: 11

    by type: other 11 (2021)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    total: 25

    by type: oil tanker 2, other 23 (2021)

  • Croatia

    total: 354

    by type: bulk carrier 14, general cargo 32, oil tanker 16, other 292 (2021)

  • Cuba

    total: 59

    by type: general cargo 12, oil tanker 7, other 40 (2021)

  • Curacao

    total: 63

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 1, other 56 (2021)

  • Cyprus

    total: 1,051

    by type: bulk carrier 269, container ship 182, general cargo 197, oil tanker 59, other 344 (2021)

  • Denmark

    total: 717

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 148, general cargo 68, oil tanker 105, other 388 (2021)

  • Djibouti

    total: 33

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 2, oil tanker 8, other 21 (2021)

  • Dominica

    total: 93

    by type: general cargo 30, oil tanker 19, other 44 (2021)

  • Dominican Republic

    total: 38

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 2, oil tanker 1, other 34 (2021)

  • Ecuador

    total: 145

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 7, oil tanker 27, other 110 (2021)

  • Egypt

    total: 421

    by type: bulk carrier 14, container ship 8, general cargo 27, oil tanker 40, other 332 (2021)

  • El Salvador

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2021)

  • Equatorial Guinea

    total: 42

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 8, oil tanker 6, other 27 (2021)

  • Eritrea

    total: 9

    by type: general cargo 4, oil tanker 1, other 4 (2021)

  • Estonia

    total: 68

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 4, other 62 (2021)

  • 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 (2021)

  • Faroe Islands

    total: 101

    by type: container ships 6, general cargo 48, oil tanker 1, other 46 (2021)

  • Fiji

    total: 73

    by type: general cargo 20, oil tanker 4, other 49 (2021)

  • Finland

    total: 272

    by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 1, general cargo 74, oil tanker 4, other 184 (2021)

  • France

    total: 548

    by type: container ship 29, general cargo 50, oil tanker 28, other 441 (2021)

    note: includes Monaco

  • French Polynesia

    total: 24

    by type: general cargo 14, other 10 (2021)

  • French Southern and Antarctic Lands

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2021)

  • Gabon

    total: 62

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 17, oil tanker 17, other 27 (2021)

  • Gambia, The

    total: 8

    by type: other 8 (2021)

  • Georgia

    total: 25

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 3, other 20 (2021)

  • Germany

    total: 599

    by type: container ship 77, general cargo 85, oil tanker 36, other 401 (2021)

  • Ghana

    total: 51

    by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 3, other 41 (2021)

  • Gibraltar

    total: 202

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 19, general cargo 55, oil tanker 20, other 100 (2021)

  • Greece

    total: 1,236

    by type: bulk carrier 158, container ship 5, general cargo 89, oil tanker 337, other 647 (2021)

  • Greenland

    total: 8

    by type: other 8 (2021)

  • Grenada

    total: 6

    by type: general cargo 3, other 3 (2021)

  • Guam

    total: 3

    by type: other 3 (2021)

  • Guatemala

    total: 9

    by type: oil tanker 1, other 8 (2021)

  • Guinea

    total: 2

    by type: other 2 (2021)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    total: 8

    by type: general cargo 5, other 3 (2021)

  • Guyana

    total: 56

    by type: general cargo 26, oil tanker 7, other 23 (2021)

  • Haiti

    total: 4

    by type: general cargo 3, other 1 (2021)

  • Honduras

    total: 505

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 244, oil tanker 82, other 178 (2021)

  • Hong Kong

    total: 2,718

    by type: bulk carrier 1,158, container ship 558, general cargo 184, oil tanker 388, other 430 (2021)

  • Hungary

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • Iceland

    total: 41

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 2, other 34 (2021)

  • India

    total: 1,801

    by type: bulk carrier 63, container ship 22, general cargo 587, oil tanker 136, other 993 (2021)

  • Indonesia

    total: 10,427

    by type: bulk carrier 148, container ship 226, general cargo 2,238, oil tanker 676, other 7,139 (2021)

  • Iran

    total: 893

    by type: bulk carrier 32, container ship 31, general cargo 371, oil tanker 84, other 375 (2021)

  • Iraq

    total: 68

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 6, other 61 (2021)

  • Ireland

    total: 96

    by type: bulk carrier 12, general cargo 36, oil tanker 1, other 47 (2021)

  • Israel

    total: 41

    by type: container ship 6, general cargo 2, oil tanker 4, other 29 (2021)

  • Italy

    total: 1,296

    by type: bulk carrier 36, container ship 7, general cargo 111, oil tanker 103, other 1,039 (2021)

  • Jamaica

    total: 43

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 5, general cargo 9, oil tanker 1, other 27 (2021)

  • Japan

    total: 5,201

    by type: bulk carrier 148, container ship 45, general cargo 1,900, oil tanker 666, other 2,442 (2021)

  • Jordan

    total: 35

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 1, other 28 (2021)

  • Kazakhstan

    total: 119

    by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 7, other 109 (2021)

  • Kenya

    total: 26

    by type: oil tanker 3, other 23 (2021)

  • Kiribati

    total: 88

    by type: bulk carrier 3, general cargo 35, oil tanker 12, other 38 (2021)

  • Korea, North

    total: 264

    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 5, general cargo 189, oil tanker 33, other 29 (2021)

  • Korea, South

    total: 1,904

    by type: bulk carrier 78, container ship 91, general cargo 360, oil tanker 184, other 1,191 (2021)

  • Kuwait

    total: 165

    by type: general cargo 15, oil tanker 28, other 122 (2021)

  • Laos

    total: 1

    by type: general cargo 1 (2021)

  • Latvia

    total: 70

    by type: general cargo 22, oil tanker 9, other 39 (2021)

  • Lebanon

    total: 48

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 31, oil tanker 1, other 14 (2021)

  • Liberia

    total: 3,942

    by type: bulk carrier 1,487, container ship 878, general cargo 131, oil tanker 851, other 595 (2021)

  • Libya

    total: 94

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 12, other 80 (2021)

  • Liechtenstein

    total: 20

    by type: bulk carrier 16, general cargo 1, other 3 (includes Switzerland) (2021)

  • Lithuania

    total: 64

    by type: container ship 4, general cargo 24, oil tanker 2, other 34 (2021)

  • Luxembourg

    total: 153

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 23, oil tanker 3, other 122 (2021)

  • Macau

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • Madagascar

    total: 27

    by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 2, other 11 (2021)

  • Malaysia

    total: 1,769

    by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 28, general cargo 174, oil tanker 153, other 1,398 (2021)

  • Maldives

    total: 68

    by type: general cargo 21, oil tanker 19, other 28 (2021)

  • Malta

    total: 2,137

    by type: bulk carrier 601, container ship 310, general cargo 218, oil tanker 412, other 596 (2021)

  • Marshall Islands

    total: 3,817

    by type: bulk carrier 1,733, container ship 248, general cargo 66, oil tanker 970, other 800 (2021)

  • Mauritania

    total: 5

    by type: general cargo 2, other 3 (2021)

  • Mauritius

    total: 29

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 4, other 24 (2021)

  • Mexico

    total: 671

    by type: container ship 1, bulk carrier 4, general cargo 11, oil tanker 31, other 624 (2021)

  • Micronesia, Federated States of

    total: 38

    by type: general cargo 19, oil tanker 4, other 15 (2021)

  • Moldova

    total: 147

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 5, general cargo 97, oil tanker 7, other 33 (2021)

  • Mongolia

    total: 302

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 7, general cargo 131, oil tanker 64, other 96 (2021)

  • Montenegro

    total: 17

    by type: bulk carrier 4, other 13 (2021)

  • Morocco

    total: 93

    by type: container ship 6, general cargo 5, oil tanker 2, other 80 (2021)

  • Mozambique

    total: 30

    by type: general cargo 9, other 21 (2021)

  • Namibia

    total: 14

    by type: general cargo 1, other 13 (2021)

  • Nauru

    total: 3

    by type: oil tanker 1, other 2 (2021)

  • Netherlands

    total: 1,199

    by type: bulk carrier 10, container ship 40, general cargo 559, oil tanker 26, other 564 (2021)

  • New Caledonia

    total: 24

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 18 (2021)

  • New Zealand

    total: 115

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 12, oil tanker 4, other 98 (2021)

  • Nicaragua

    total: 5

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1, other 3 (2021)

  • Niger

    total: 1

    by type: general cargo 1 (2021)

  • Nigeria

    total: 791

    by type: general cargo 14, oil tanker 110, other 667 (2021)

  • Niue

    total: 69

    by type: bulk carrier 3, container ship 2, general cargo 25, oil tanker 7, other 32 (2021)

  • Northern Mariana Islands

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2019)

  • Norway

    total: 1,644

    by type: bulk carrier 109, container ship 1, general cargo 242, oil tanker 96, other 1,196 (2021)

  • Oman

    total: 57

    by type: general cargo 10, other 47 (2021)

  • Pakistan

    total: 57

    by type: bulk carrier 5, oil tanker 7, other 45 (2021)

  • Palau

    total: 264

    by type: bulk carrier 16, container ship 7, general cargo 107, oil tanker 40, other 94 (2021)

  • Panama

    total: 7,980

    by type: bulk carrier 2,697, container ship 643, general cargo 1,381, oil tanker 771, other 2,488 (2021)

  • Papua New Guinea

    total: 177

    by type: container ship 6, general cargo 81, oil tanker 3, other 87 (2021)

  • Paraguay

    total: 110

    by type: container ship 3, general cargo 25, oil tanker 5, other 77 (2021)

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

  • Peru

    total: 98

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 8, other 89 (2021)

  • Philippines

    total: 1,805

    by type: bulk carrier 62, container ship 44, general cargo 716, oil tanker 205, other 778 (2021)

  • Poland

    total: 143

    by type: general cargo 7, oil tanker 6, other 130 (2021)

  • Portugal

    total: 726

    by type: bulk carrier 86, container ship 267, general cargo 137, oil tanker 27, other 209 (2021)

  • Qatar

    total: 129

    by type: bulk carrier 9, container ship 4, general cargo 4, oil tanker 5, other 107 (2021)

  • Romania

    total: 121

    by type: general cargo 11, oil tanker 6, other 104 (2021)

  • Russia

    total: 2,873

    by type: bulk carrier 13, container ship 17, general cargo 946, oil tanker 406, other 1,491 (2021)

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    total: 244

    by type: bulk carrier 6, container ship 7, general cargo 45, oil tanker 53, other 133 (2021)

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    total: 792

    by type: bulk carrier 27, container ship 17, general cargo 155, oil tanker 16, other 577 (2021)

  • Samoa

    total: 12

    by type: general cargo 3, oil tanker 3, other 6 (2021)

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    total: 22

    by type: general cargo 13, oil tanker 2, other 7 (2021)

  • Saudi Arabia

    total: 392

    by type: bulk carrier 5, container ship 1, general cargo 21, oil tanker 58, other 307 (2021)

  • Senegal

    total: 35

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 1, other 29 (2021)

  • Seychelles

    total: 27

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 6, other 16 (2021)

  • Sierra Leone

    total: 591

    by type: bulk carrier 30, container ship 9, general cargo 319, oil tanker 108, other 125 (2021)

  • Singapore

    total: 3,321

    by type: bulk carrier 576, container ship 514, general cargo 113, oil tanker 699, other 1,419 (2021)

  • Slovenia

    total: 9

    by type: other 9 (2021)

  • Solomon Islands

    total: 24

    by type: general cargo 8, oil tanker 1, other 15 (2021)

  • Somalia

    total: 4

    by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2021)

  • South Africa

    total: 105

    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 1, oil tanker 7, other 95 (2021)

  • Spain

    total: 478

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 36, oil tanker 24, other 417 (2021)

  • Sri Lanka

    total: 90

    by type: bulk carrier 6, general cargo 13, oil tanker 11, other 60 (2021)

  • Sudan

    total: 15

    by type: other 15 (2021)

  • Suriname

    total: 10

    by type: general cargo 5, oil tanker 3, other 2 (2021)

  • Sweden

    total: 370

    by type: general cargo 49, oil tanker 22, other 299 (2021)

  • Switzerland

    total: 20

    by type: bulk carrier 16, general cargo 1, other 3 (includes Liechtenstein) (2021)

  • Syria

    total: 28

    by type: bulk carrier 1, general cargo 11, other 16 (2021)

  • Taiwan

    total: 429

    by type: bulk carrier 37, container ship 49, general cargo 57, oil tanker 33, other 253 (2021)

  • Tanzania

    total: 314

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 6, general cargo 144, oil tanker 49, other 111 (2021)

  • Thailand

    total: 839

    by type: bulk carrier 26, container ship 27, general cargo 94, oil tanker 251, other 441 (2021)

  • Timor-Leste

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • Togo

    total: 411

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 9, general cargo 265, oil tanker 56, other 80 (2021)

  • Tonga

    total: 32

    by type: container ship 4, general cargo 13, oil tanker 1, other 14 (2021)

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    total: 105

    by type: general cargo 1, other 104 (2021)

  • Tunisia

    total: 71

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 8 oil tanker 1, other 61 (2021)

  • Turkey

    total: 1,217

    by type: bulk carrier 39, container ship 41, general cargo 317, oil tanker 126, other 694 (2021)

  • Turkmenistan

    total: 73

    by type: general cargo 6, oil tanker 8, other 59 (2021)

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

    total: 3

    by type: general cargo 1, other 2 (2021)

  • Tuvalu

    total: 245

    by type: bulk carrier 22, container ship 3, general cargo 32, oil tanker 21, other 167 (2021)

  • Ukraine

    total: 409

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 1, general cargo 84, oil tanker 15, other 308 (2021)

  • United Arab Emirates

    total: 623

    by type: bulk carrier 1, container ship 3, general cargo 117, oil tanker 19, other 483 (2021)

  • United Kingdom

    total: 1,249

    by type: bulk carrier 140, container ship 59, general cargo 109, oil tanker 84, other 857 (2021)

  • United States

    total: 3,627

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 60, general cargo 103, oil tanker 69, other 3,391 (2021)

  • Uruguay

    total: 61

    by type: container ship 1, general cargo 4, oil tanker 4, other 52 (2021)

  • Vanuatu

    total: 306

    by type: bulk carrier 18, container ship 2, general cargo 55, oil tanker 2, other 229 (2021)

  • Venezuela

    total: 281

    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 1, general cargo 26, oil tanker 18, other 232 (2021)

  • Vietnam

    total: 1,926

    by type: bulk carrier 116, container ship 41, general cargo 1,193, oil tanker 125, other 451 (2021)

  • Virgin Islands

    total: 1,868

    by type: bulk carrier 91, container ship 39, general cargo 1,205, oil tanker 118, other 415 (2019)

  • Wallis and Futuna

    total: 1

    by type: other 1 (2021)

  • World

    total: 98,202

    by type: bulk carrier 12,319, container ship 5,428, general cargo 18,993, oil tanker 11,243, other 50,219 (2021)

  • Yemen

    total: 34

    by type: general cargo 2, oil tanker 4, other 28 (2021)

  • Zambia

    total: 2

    by type: general cargo 1, oil tanker 1 (2021)