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Merchant marine

See how world countries compare to each other in terms of Merchant marine. Follow the color coded map to visually see how Merchant marine is distributed between world countries. The darker the color, the higher the value. You can filter which regions to display in the table. When filters are used the two ranks are displayed: the one within the current filter set and the global rank.

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.

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# Country Value Last update
1 / 1 Flag of Panama Panama 6,413 2010
2 / 2 Flag of Liberia Liberia 2,771 2010
3 / 3 Flag of China China 2,030 2010
4 / 4 Flag of Malta Malta 1,650 2010
5 / 5 Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1,644 2010
6 / 6 Flag of Singapore Singapore 1,599 2010
7 / 7 Flag of Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 1,593 2010
8 / 8 Flag of Indonesia Indonesia 1,340 2010
9 / 9 Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 1,257 2010
10 / 10 Flag of Bahamas, The Bahamas, The 1,160 2010
11 / 11 Flag of Russia Russia 1,143 2010
12 / 12 Flag of Greece Greece 860 2010
13 / 13 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 838 2010
14 / 14 Flag of Korea, South Korea, South 786 2010
15 / 15 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 744 2010
16 / 16 Flag of Japan Japan 684 2010
17 / 17 Flag of Italy Italy 681 2010
18 / 18 Flag of Turkey Turkey 629 2010
19 / 19 Flag of Norway Norway 585 2010
20 / 20 Flag of Vietnam Vietnam 579 2010
21 / 21 Flag of Cambodia Cambodia 544 2010
22 / 22 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 504 2010
23 / 23 Flag of Philippines Philippines 446 2010
24 / 24 Flag of Germany Germany 427 2010
25 / 25 Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 412 2010
26 / 26 Flag of United States United States 393 2010
27 / 27 Flag of Denmark Denmark 367 2010
28 / 28 Flag of Thailand Thailand 363 2010
29 / 29 Flag of India India 340 2010
30 / 30 Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man 321 2010
31 / 31 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia 315 2010
32 / 32 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 267 2010
33 / 33 Flag of Belize Belize 247 2010
34 / 34 Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 215 2010
35 / 35 Flag of Canada Canada 181 2010
36 / 36 Flag of France France 162 2010
37 / 37 Flag of Korea, North Korea, North 158 2010
38 / 38 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 152 2010
39 / 39 Flag of Comoros Comoros 149 2010
40 / 40 Flag of Georgia Georgia 142 2010
41 / 41 Flag of Bermuda Bermuda 139 2010
42 / 42 Flag of Sweden Sweden 135 2010
43 / 43 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 134 2010
44 / 44 Flag of Spain Spain 132 2010
45 / 45 Flag of Moldova Moldova 121 2010
46 / 46 Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 116 2010
47 / 47 Flag of Taiwan Taiwan 112 2010
48 / 48 Flag of Barbados Barbados 109 2010
49 / 49 Flag of Brazil Brazil 109 2010
50 / 50 Flag of Portugal Portugal 109 2010
51 / 51 Flag of Finland Finland 97 2010
52 / 52 Flag of Tanzania Tanzania 94 2010
53 / 53 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 90 2010
54 / 54 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 89 2010
55 / 55 Flag of Honduras Honduras 88 2010
56 / 56 Flag of Belgium Belgium 87 2010
57 / 57 Flag of Croatia Croatia 77 2010
58 / 58 Flag of Kiribati Kiribati 77 2010
59 / 59 Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu 77 2010
60 / 60 Flag of Iran Iran 76 2010
61 / 61 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 72 2010
62 / 62 Flag of Egypt Egypt 67 2010
63 / 63 Flag of Monaco Monaco 64 2010
64 / 64 Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 62 2010
65 / 65 Flag of Togo Togo 61 2010
66 / 66 Flag of United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 61 2010
67 / 67 Flag of Tuvalu Tuvalu 58 2010
68 / 68 Flag of Mongolia Mongolia 57 2010
69 / 69 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 53 2010
70 / 70 Flag of Mexico Mexico 52 2010
71 / 71 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 49 2010
72 / 72 Flag of Ecuador Ecuador 44 2010
73 / 73 Flag of Dominica Dominica 43 2010
74 / 74 Flag of Chile Chile 42 2010
75 / 75 Flag of Australia Australia 41 2010
76 / 76 Flag of Algeria Algeria 38 2010
77 / 77 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 38 2010
78 / 78 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 38 2010
79 / 79 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 37 2010
80 / 80 Flag of Argentina Argentina 36 2010
81 / 81 Flag of Cook Islands Cook Islands 35 2010
82 / 82 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait 34 2010
83 / 83 Flag of Ireland Ireland 31 2010
84 / 84 Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 31 2010
85 / 85 Flag of Burma Burma 29 2010
86 / 86 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 29 2010
87 / 87 Flag of Qatar Qatar 28 2010
88 / 88 Flag of Morocco Morocco 26 2010
89 / 89 Flag of Estonia Estonia 25 2010
90 / 90 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 24 2010
91 / 91 Flag of Libya Libya 23 2010
92 / 92 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 22 2010
93 / 93 Flag of Peru Peru 22 2010
94 / 94 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 21 2010
95 / 95 Flag of Paraguay Paraguay 19 2010
96 / 96 Flag of Syria Syria 19 2010
97 / 97 Flag of Bolivia Bolivia 18 2010
98 / 98 Flag of Maldives Maldives 18 2010
99 / 99 Flag of Albania Albania 17 2010
100 / 100 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 16 2010
101 / 101 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 15 2010
102 / 102 Flag of Jamaica Jamaica 14 2010
103 / 103 Flag of Jersey Jersey 14 2010
104 / 104 Flag of Cape Verde Cape Verde 13 2010
105 / 105 Flag of Colombia Colombia 12 2010
106 / 106 Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia 12 2010
107 / 107 Flag of Jordan Jordan 12 2010
108 / 108 Flag of Fiji Fiji 11 2010
109 / 109 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 11 2010
110 / 110 Flag of Latvia Latvia 11 2010
111 / 111 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 11 2010
112 / 112 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 11 2010
113 / 113 Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 11 2010
114 / 114 Flag of Guyana Guyana 10 2010
115 / 115 Flag of Brunei Brunei 9 2010
116 / 116 Flag of Poland Poland 9 2010
117 / 117 Flag of Seychelles Seychelles 9 2010
118 / 118 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 9 2010
119 / 119 Flag of Bahrain Bahrain 8 2010
120 / 120 Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia 8 2010
121 / 121 Flag of Israel Israel 8 2010
122 / 122 Flag of Angola Angola 7 2010
123 / 123 Flag of Tonga Tonga 7 2010
124 / 124 Flag of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 5 2010
125 / 125 Flag of Kenya Kenya 5 2010
126 / 126 Flag of Oman Oman 5 2010
127 / 127 Flag of Romania Romania 5 2010
128 / 128 Flag of Yemen Yemen 5 2010
129 / 129 Flag of Eritrea Eritrea 4 2010
130 / 130 Flag of Gambia, The Gambia, The 4 2010
131 / 131 Flag of Ghana Ghana 4 2010
132 / 132 Flag of Mauritius Mauritius 4 2010
133 / 133 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 4 2010
134 / 134 Flag of Austria Austria 3 2010
135 / 135 Flag of Cuba Cuba 3 2010
136 / 136 Flag of Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Federated States of 3 2010
137 / 137 Flag of New Caledonia New Caledonia 3 2010
138 / 138 Flag of Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe 3 2010
139 / 139 Flag of South Africa South Africa 3 2010
140 / 140 Flag of Gabon Gabon 2 2010
141 / 141 Flag of Iceland Iceland 2 2010
142 / 142 Flag of Iraq Iraq 2 2010
143 / 143 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 2 2010
144 / 144 Flag of Mozambique Mozambique 2 2010
145 / 145 Flag of Samoa Samoa 2 2010
146 / 146 Flag of Sudan Sudan 2 2010
147 / 147 Flag of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the 1 2010
148 / 148 Flag of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Republic of the 1 2010
149 / 149 Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica 1 2010
150 / 150 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 2010
151 / 151 Flag of Greenland Greenland 1 2010
152 / 152 Flag of Madagascar Madagascar 1 2010
153 / 153 Flag of Namibia Namibia 1 2010
154 / 154 Flag of Senegal Senegal 1 2010
155 / 155 Flag of Somalia Somalia 1 2008
156 / 156 Flag of Timor-Leste Timor-Leste 1 2010