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Transport > Merchant marine > Foreign-owned: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: 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.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY NOTE
1 Belize 171 2010
Eurozone average (profile) 166.56 2010
European Union average (profile) 132.26 2008
2 Netherlands Antilles 123 2008
3 Cayman Islands 99 2010
4 Comoros 98 2010
5 Saint Kitts and Nevis 94 2010
6 Sierra Leone 91 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 77 2010
7 French Southern and Antarctic Lands 76 2006
8 Vanuatu 70 2010
9 Moldova 63 2010
Non-religious countries average (profile) 55 2004
10 Kiribati 51 2010
=11 Tuvalu 49 2010
=11 Honduras 49 2010
NATO countries average (profile) 47.09 2007
High income OECD countries average (profile) 46.52 2007
13 Mongolia 44 2010
Emerging markets average (profile) 27 2010
=14 Cook Islands 23 2010
=14 Togo 23 2010
16 Slovakia 21 2010
17 Jamaica 19 2010
18 Algeria 12 2010
19 Faroe Islands 11 2010
OPEC countries average (profile) 7.56 2010
=20 Papua New Guinea 7 2010
=20 Bolivia 7 2010
22 Paraguay 6 2010
23 Sri Lanka 5 2010
=24 Yemen 3 2004
=24 Tonga 3 2010
=24 Seychelles 3 2010
=27 Serbia and Montenegro 2 2005
=27 Dominican Republic 2 2004
=27 Mauritius 2 2007
=27 Ghana 2 2010
=27 Federated States of Micronesia 2 2005
=27 Vietnam 2 2008
=27 Austria 2 2008
=27 Mozambique 2 2010
=27 Switzerland 2 2006
=27 Kuwait 2 2004
=27 Poland 2 2008
=38 Turkmenistan 1 2010
=38 Cameroon 1 2007
=38 Ecuador 1 2008
=38 Trinidad and Tobago 1 2008
=38 Guadeloupe 1 2005
=38 Sao Tome and Principe 1 2010
=38 The Gambia 1 2007
=38 Greenland 1 2005
=38 Samoa 1 2010
=38 Equatorial Guinea 1 2010
=38 Somalia 1 2008
=38 Cuba 1 2008
=38 British Virgin Islands 1 2004
=38 French Polynesia 1 2006
=38 Reunion 1 2005
=38 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 2010
=38 Kazakhstan 1 2010
=38 New Caledonia 1 2004
=38 Guyana 1 2006
=38 Tunisia 1 2007
58 Canada None 2013 19 (Estonia 1, France 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 4, Sweden 2, US 10)
59 Dominica None 2013 32 (Australia 1, Estonia 6, Germany 5, Greece 4, India 2, Latvia 2, Norway 1, Russia 3, Saudi Arabia 2, Syria 4, Turkey 1, Ukraine 1)
60 Liberia None 2011 2,356 (Angola 1, Argentina 3, Australia 2, Belgium 1, Bermuda 4, Brazil 20, Canada 4, Chile 7, China 10, Croatia 2, Cyprus 7, Denmark 4, Finland 2, Germany 1049, Gibraltar 5, Greece 454, Hong Kong 47, India 1, Indonesia 4, Isle of Man 19, Israel 31, Italy 48, Japan 102, Latvia 9, Lebanon 1, Monaco 10, Netherlands 35, Nigeria 4, Norway 42, Poland 13, Qatar 5, Romania 3, Russia 108, Saudi Arabia 24, Singapore 27, Slovenia 5, South Korea 1, Sweden 10, Switzerland 17, Syria 1, Taiwan 88, Turkey 15, UAE 27, UK 25, Ukraine 16, Uruguay 1, US 39, Vietnam 3)
61 Netherlands None 2013 196 (Australia 1, Bermuda 1, Denmark 27, Finland 13, France 2, Germany 86, Ireland 8, Italy 6, Japan 1, Norway 19, Sweden 12, UAE 4, US 16)
62 Tanzania None 2013 42 (Japan 1, Romania 1, Saudi Arabia 1, Syria 23, Turkey 13, UAE 3)
63 Wallis and Futuna None 2008 8 (France 6, French Polynesia 2)
64 South Korea None 2013 31 (China 6, France 2, Japan 14, Taiwan 1, US 8)
65 Turkey None 2013 1 (Italy 1)
66 France None 2013 50 (Belgium 7, Bermuda 5, Denmark 11, French Polynesia 11, Germany 1, New Caledonia 3, Singapore 3, Sweden 4, Switzerland 5)
67 Norway None 2013 81 (Bermuda 24, Canada 1, Cyprus 1, Denmark 7, France 5, Iceland 2, Lithuania 1, Saudi Arabia 3, Sweden 27, US 10)
68 Bahrain None 2013 5 (Kuwait 5)
69 Indonesia None 2013 69 (China 1, France 1, Greece 1, Japan 8, Jordan 1, Malaysia 1, Norway 3, Singapore 46, South Korea 2, Taiwan 1, UK 2, US 2)
70 Libya None 2013 2 (Kuwait 1, Norway 1)
71 Finland None 2013 5 (Cyprus 1, Estonia 2, Iceland 1, Sweden 1)
72 Bangladesh None 2013 8 (China 1, Singapore 7)
73 Portugal None 2013 81 (Belgium 8, Colombia 1, Denmark 4, Germany 14, Greece 2, Italy 12, Japan 9, Mexico 1, Norway 2, Spain 18, Sweden 3, Switzerland 3, US 4)
74 Malaysia None 2013 26 (Denmark 1, Hong Kong 8, Japan 2, Russia 2, Singapore 13)
75 Barbados None 2011 89 (Canada 13, Greece 14, Iran 4, Lebanon 2, Norway 41, Sweden 6, Syria 1, Turkey 1, UK 7)
76 Isle of Man None 2010 223 (Bermuda 7, Chile 9, Denmark 30, Germany 56, Greece 62, Ireland 1, Japan 19, Malaysia 6, Norway 30, South Africa 2, US 1)
77 Panama None 2013 5,162 (Albania 4, Argentina 5, Australia 4, Bahamas 6, Bangladesh 5, Belgium 1, Bermuda 27, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 6, Burma 3, Canada 6, Chile 14, China 534, Colombia 2, Croatia 2, Cuba 2, Cyprus 5, Denmark 41, Ecuador 3, Egypt 11, Finland 2, France 7, Gabon 1, Germany 24, Gibraltar 1, Greece 379, Hong Kong 144, India 24, Indonesia 10, Iran 5, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 25, Japan 2372, Jordan 11, Kuwait 12, Lebanon 2, Lithuania 3, Luxembourg 1, Malaysia 12, Maldives 2, Malta 2, Mexico 5, Monaco 11, Netherlands 6, Nigeria 6, Norway 81, Oman 10, Pakistan 3, Peru 9, Philippines 5, Portugal 10, Qatar 1, Romania 3, Russia 49, Saudi Arabia 11, Singapore 92, South Korea 373, Spain 30, Sweden 2, Switzerland 15, Syria 34, Taiwan 328, Tanzania 2, Thailand 6, Turkey 62, UAE 83, UK 37, Ukraine 8, US 90, Venezuela 13, Vietnam 43, Yemen 4)
78 Luxembourg None 2013 48 (Belgium 11, Denmark 1, France 15, Germany 9, Japan 3, Netherlands 3, Switzerland 1, UK 5)
79 Gibraltar None 2013 254 (Belgium 1, Cyprus 1, Denmark 7, Finland 2, Germany 123, Greece 8, Iceland 1, Italy 4, Jersey 1, Morocco 4, Netherlands 34, Norway 46, Sweden 11, UAE 5, UK 6)
80 Ireland None 2013 5 (France 2, Spain 1, US 2)
81 Nigeria None 2013 3 (India 1, UK 2)
82 Australia None 2013 17 (Canada 5, Germany 2, Singapore 2, South Africa 1, UK 5, US 2)
83 Thailand None 2013 13 (China 1, Hong Kong 1, Malaysia 3, Singapore 1, Taiwan 1, UK 6)
84 Hong Kong None 2013 976 (Bangladesh 1, Belgium 26, Bermuda 20, Canada 77, China 500, Cyprus 3, Denmark 42, France 4, Germany 10, Greece 27, Indonesia 10, Iran 3, Japan 79, Libya 1, Norway 48, Russia 1, Singapore 13, South Korea 3, Switzerland 5, Taiwan 25, UAE 1, UK 33, US 44)
85 Georgia None 2013 95 (Bulgaria 1, China 10, Egypt 7, Hong Kong 3, Israel 1, Italy 2, Latvia 1, Lebanon 1, Romania 7, Russia 6, Syria 24, Turkey 14, UAE 2, UK 5, Ukraine 10, US 1)
86 Denmark None 2013 27 (Germany 9, Greenland 1, Norway 2, Sweden 15)
87 Philippines None 2013 159 (Bermuda 47, China 4, Denmark 2, Germany 2, Greece 5, Japan 77, Malaysia 1, Netherlands 17, Singapore 1, South Korea 1, Taiwan 1, UAE 1)
88 Morocco None 2013 14 (France 3, Germany 1, Italy 1, Spain 9)
89 Estonia None 2013 3 (Germany 1, Norway 2)
90 Lebanon None 2013 2 (Syria 2)
91 Taiwan None 2013 3 (France 2, Vietnam 1)
92 Fiji None 2010 2 (Australia 2)
93 Qatar None 2013 6 (Kuwait 6)
94 Italy None 2013 90 (Denmark 4, France 2, Greece 7, Luxembourg 14, Netherlands 2, Nigeria 1, Norway 6, Singapore 1, Sweden 1, Switzerland 13, Taiwan 10, Turkey 4, UK 2, US 23)
95 Maldives None 2013 4 (Singapore 4)
96 Venezuela None 2013 9 (Denmark 1, Estonia 1, Germany 1, Greece 4, Mexico 1, Spain 1)
97 Jordan None 2013 2 (UAE 2)
98 Syria None 2011 5 (Jordan 2, Lebanon 2, Romania 1)
99 Mexico None 2013 5 (France 1, Greece 2, South Africa 1, UAE 1)
100 United Kingdom None 2013 271 (Australia 1, Bermuda 6, China 7, Denmark 43, France 39, Germany 59, Hong Kong 12, Ireland 1, Italy 3, Japan 5, Netherlands 1, Norway 32, Sweden 28, Taiwan 11, Tanzania 1, UAE 8, US 14)
101 Greece None 2013 42 (Belgium 17, Bermuda 3, Cyprus 3, Italy 5, UK 6, US 8)
102 Lithuania None 2013 8 (Denmark 8)
103 Cambodia None 2011 426 (Belgium 1, Canada 2, China 203, Cyprus 8, Egypt 12, Estonia 1, French Polynesia 1, Gabon 1, Greece 2, Hong Kong 11, Indonesia 2, Japan 2, Latvia 1, Lebanon 6, Netherlands 1, Romania 1, Russia 60, Singapore 4, South Korea 11, Syria 22, Taiwan 1, Turkey 26, UAE 2, UK 3, Ukraine 37, US 4, Vietnam 1)
104 Argentina None 2013 14 (Brazil 1, Chile 6, Spain 3, Taiwan 2, UK 2)
105 Saudi Arabia None 2013 15 (Egypt 1, Greece 4, Kuwait 4, UAE 6)
106 Cape Verde None 2013 3 (Greece 1, Spain 1, UK 1)
107 The Bahamas None 2013 1,063 (Angola 6, Australia 1, Belgium 6, Bermuda 15, Brazil 1, Canada 96, Croatia 1, Cyprus 23, Denmark 69, Finland 8, France 15, Germany 30, Greece 225, Guernsey 6, Hong Kong 3, Indonesia 2, Ireland 3, Italy 1, Japan 88, Jordan 2, Kuwait 1, Malaysia 13, Monaco 8, Montenegro 2, Netherlands 23, Nigeria 2, Norway 186, Poland 34, Saudi Arabia 16, Singapore 7, South Korea 1, Spain 6, Sweden 11, Switzerland 1, Thailand 4, Turkey 3, UAE 23, UK 18, US 109)
108 Spain None 2013 27 (Canada 4, Germany 4, Italy 1, Mexico 1, Norway 10, Russia 6, Switzerland 1)
109 New Zealand None 2013 7 (Germany 2, Hong Kong 1, South Africa 1, Switzerland 2, UK 1)
110 Albania None 2013 1 (Turkey 1)
111 United Arab Emirates None 2013 13 (Greece 3, Kuwait 10)
112 India None 2013 10 (China 1, Hong Kong 2, Jersey 2, Malaysia 1, UAE 4)
113 Azerbaijan None 2013 1 (Turkey 1)
114 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines None 2011 382 (Austria 2, Bangladesh 1, Belgium 6, Bermuda 1, Bulgaria 10, China 82, Croatia 8, Cyprus 2, Czech Republic 1, Denmark 19, Dominica 1, Egypt 4, Estonia 10, France 2, Germany 2, Greece 63, Guyana 2, Hong Kong 4, Israel 3, Italy 5, Japan 3, Kenya 2, Latvia 15, Lebanon 4, Lithuania 10, Monaco 3, Netherlands 2, Nigeria 1, Norway 12, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Poland 1, Romania 1, Russia 15, Slovenia 2, Sweden 2, Switzerland 5, Syria 13, Turkey 18, UAE 4, UK 7, Ukraine 12, US 19, Venezuela 1)
115 Cyprus None 2013 622 (Angola 1, Austria 1, Belgium 3, Bermuda 1, Canada 2, China 6, Denmark 6, Estonia 6, France 16, Germany 192, Greece 201, Hong Kong 2, India 4, Iran 10, Ireland 3, Italy 6, Japan 16, Netherlands 23, Norway 14, Philippines 1, Poland 24, Portugal 2, Russia 46, Singapore 1, Slovenia 5, Spain 6, Sweden 5, Turkey 1, UAE 3, UK 7, Ukraine 3, US 5)
116 Bermuda None 2013 105 (France 1, Germany 14, Greece 8, Hong Kong 4, Ireland 1, Israel 3, Japan 2, Monaco 2, Nigeria 11, Norway 5, Sweden 14, UK 14, US 26)
117 Peru None 2013 8 (Chile 6, Ecuador 1, Spain 1)
118 China None 2013 22 (Hong Kong 18, Indonesia 2, Japan 2)
119 Ukraine None 2011 1 (Iran 1)
120 United States None 2013 85 (Australia 1, Bermuda 5, Denmark 31, France 4, Germany 5, Malaysia 2, Norway 17, Singapore 16, UK 4)
121 Sweden None 2013 35 (Denmark 4, Estonia 3, Finland 16, Germany 3, Ireland 1, Italy 5, Norway 3)
122 Russia None 2013 155 (Belgium 4, Cyprus 13, Estonia 1, Ireland 1, Italy 14, Latvia 2, Netherlands 2, Romania 1, South Korea 1, Switzerland 3, Turkey 101, Ukraine 12)
123 Bulgaria None 2013 14 (Germany 12, Russia 2)
124 Romania None 2013 1 (Russia 1)
125 Angola None 2013 1 (Spain 1)
126 South Africa None 2011 1 (Denmark 1)
127 Latvia None 2013 3 (Estonia 3)
128 Japan None 2011 1 (Norway 1)
129 Brazil None 2013 27 (Chile 1, Denmark 3, Germany 6, Greece 1, Norway 3, Spain 12, Turkey 1)
130 Brunei None 2010 2 (UK 2)
131 Iran None 2013 2 (UAE 2)
132 Marshall Islands None 2011 1,284 (Australia 1, Bermuda 34, Brazil 1, Canada 4, China 16, Croatia 12, Cyprus 38, Denmark 7, Egypt 1, Germany 247, Greece 358, Hong Kong 3, India 8, Iraq 2, Isle of Man 2, Israel 1, Italy 1, Japan 41, Jersey 9, Latvia 18, Malaysia 11, Mexico 4, Monaco 21, Netherlands 16, Norway 57, Pakistan 1, Qatar 24, Romania 2, Russia 6, Singapore 28, Slovenia 6, South Korea 25, Switzerland 12, Taiwan 2, Turkey 72, UAE 17, UK 7, Ukraine 1, US 168)
133 Chile None 2013 1 (Norway 1)
134 Puerto Rico None 2011 3 (US 3)
135 Belgium None 2013 15 (Denmark 4, France 7, Russia 1, UK 2, US 1)
136 Croatia None 2013 2 (Norway 2)
137 Uruguay None 2013 8 (Argentina 1, Denmark 1, Greece 1, Spain 5)
138 Egypt None 2013 13 (Denmark 1, France 1, Greece 8, Jordan 2, Lebanon 1)
139 Antigua and Barbuda None 2011 1,186 (Albania 1, Colombia 1, Denmark 20, Estonia 20, Germany 1050, Greece 5, Iceland 9, Isle of Man 2, Latvia 16, Lithuania 4, Mexico 2, Netherlands 18, Norway 9, NZ 2, Poland 2, Russia 3, Slovenia 1, Sweden 1, Switzerland 7, Turkey 7, US 6)
140 Malta None 2013 1,437 (Angola 7, Azerbaijan 1, Belgium 7, Bermuda 15, Bulgaria 8, Canada 5, China 6, Croatia 6, Cyprus 32, Denmark 34, Egypt 1, Estonia 16, Finland 3, France 8, Germany 135, Greece 469, Hong Kong 4, India 3, Iran 48, Ireland 4, Israel 3, Italy 45, Japan 5, Kuwait 3, Latvia 8, Lebanon 6, Libya 5, Luxembourg 3, Malaysia 1, Monaco 3, Netherlands 3, Norway 96, Oman 5, Poland 21, Portugal 3, Romania 7, Russia 45, Saudi Arabia 2, Singapore 4, Slovenia 4, South Korea 2, Spain 8, Sweden 1, Switzerland 20, Syria 4, Turkey 233, UAE 1, UK 21, Ukraine 29, US 34)
141 Germany None 2013 6 (Finland 3, Netherlands 1, Switzerland 2)
142 North Korea None 2013 13 (Belgium 1, China 3, Nigeria 1, Singapore 1, South Korea 1, Syria 4, UAE 2)
143 Burma None 2013 2 (Germany 1, Japan 1)
144 Singapore None 2013 966 (Australia 12, Bangladesh 1, Belgium 1, Bermuda 25, Brazil 9, Chile 6, China 29, Cyprus 6, Denmark 149, France 3, Germany 32, Greece 22, Hong Kong 46, India 21, Indonesia 60, Italy 5, Japan 164, Malaysia 27, Netherlands 1, Norway 153, Russia 2, South Africa 13, South Korea 3, Sweden 11, Switzerland 3, Taiwan 77, Thailand 33, UAE 10, UK 6, US 36)

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"Countries Compared by Transport > Merchant marine > Foreign-owned. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Transport/Merchant-marine/Foreign--owned

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