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  • Total Merchant Marine Fleet Strength by Country


    The Merchant Marine supplies a basic cargo and passenger transport role in peace time but augments complete naval strength in times of war.

    The Merchant Marine of a nation is a force of ships operating under civilian banners in peace time and, in times of war, commissioned by the naval branch of service to augment the main surface fighting force. As such, Merchant Marine strength plays a key role in determining the overall naval firepower of a given country. In war time, commissioned Merchant Marine vessels would be charged with transporting soldiers, vehicles, supplies and the like to points anywhere in the world.


    For the purposes of the GFP ranking, landlocked nations are penalized for the lack of a Merchant Marine force as landlocked nations have shown to be capable of operating a Merchant Marine force through ports in allied countries (as exemplified by Austria).


    The data presented below is through 2017.


    1
    6,413  
    Panama
    PAN
    2
    2,030  
    China
    CHN
    3
    1,599  
    Singapore
    SIN
    4
    1,340  
    Indonesia
    INO
    5
    1,143  
    Russia
    RUS
    6
    860  
    Greece
    GRE
    7
    786  
    South Korea
    SKO
    8
    744  
    Netherlands
    NET
    9
    684  
    Japan
    JPN
    10
    681  
    Italy
    ITA
    11
    629  
    Turkey
    TUR
    12
    585  
    Norway
    NOR
    13
    579  
    Vietnam
    VTN
    14
    544  
    Cambodia
    CMB
    15
    504  
    United Kingdom
    UKD
    16
    446  
    Philippines
    PHI
    17
    427  
    Germany
    GER
    18
    393  
    United States
    USA
    19
    367  
    Denmark
    DEN
    20
    363  
    Thailand
    THA
    21
    340  
    India
    IND
    22
    315  
    Malaysia
    MLY
    23
    215  
    Sierra Leone
    SIE
    24
    181  
    Canada
    CAN
    25
    162  
    France
    FRA
    26
    158  
    North Korea
    NKO
    27
    142  
    Georgia
    GEO
    28
    135  
    Sweden
    SWE
    29
    134  
    Ukraine
    UKR
    30
    132  
    Spain
    SPA
    31
    112  
    Taiwan
    TAI
    32
    109  
    Brazil
    BRA
    33
    109  
    Portugal
    POR
    34
    97  
    Finland
    FIN
    35
    94  
    Tanzania
    TAN
    36
    90  
    Azerbaijan
    AZR
    37
    89  
    Nigeria
    NIG
    38
    88  
    Honduras
    HON
    39
    87  
    Belgium
    BEL
    40
    77  
    Croatia
    CRO
    41
    76  
    Iran
    IRN
    42
    72  
    Saudi Arabia
    SAR
    43
    67  
    Egypt
    EGP
    44
    62  
    Bangladesh
    BAN
    45
    61  
    United Arab Emirates
    UAE
    46
    57  
    Mongolia
    MON
    47
    53  
    Venezuela
    VEN
    48
    52  
    Mexico
    MEX
    49
    44  
    Ecuador
    ECU
    50
    42  
    Chile
    CHI
    51
    41  
    Australia
    AUS
    52
    38  
    Algeria
    ALG
    53
    38  
    Switzerland
    SWI
    54
    38  
    Lithuania
    LIT
    55
    36  
    Argentina
    ARG
    56
    34  
    Kuwait
    KUW
    57
    29  
    Myanmar
    MYA
    58
    29  
    Lebanon
    LEB
    59
    28  
    Qatar
    QTR
    60
    26  
    Morocco
    MOR
    61
    25  
    Estonia
    EST
    62
    24  
    Slovenia
    SLV
    63
    23  
    Libya
    LIB
    64
    22  
    Peru
    PER
    65
    22  
    Bulgaria
    BUL
    66
    21  
    Sri Lanka
    SRL
    67
    19  
    Syria
    SYR
    68
    19  
    Paraguay
    PAR
    69
    18  
    Bolivia
    BOL
    70
    17  
    Albania
    ALB
    71
    16  
    Uruguay
    URU
    72
    15  
    New Zealand
    NWZ
    73
    12  
    Jordan
    JOR
    74
    12  
    Colombia
    COL
    75
    11  
    Turkmenistan
    TKM
    76
    11  
    Kazakhstan
    KAZ
    77
    11  
    Latvia
    LAT
    78
    11  
    Slovakia
    SLK
    79
    11  
    Pakistan
    PAK
    80
    9  
    Tunisia
    TUN
    81
    9  
    Poland
    POL
    82
    8  
    Bahrain
    BAH
    83
    8  
    Ethiopia
    ETH
    84
    8  
    Israel
    ISR
    85
    7  
    Angola
    ANG
    86
    5  
    Kenya
    KEN
    87
    5  
    Oman
    OMA
    88
    5  
    Romania
    ROM
    89
    5  
    Yemen
    YEM
    90
    4  
    Ghana
    GHA
    91
    3  
    Cuba
    CUB
    92
    3  
    Austria
    AST
    93
    3  
    South Africa
    SAF
    94
    2  
    Mozambique
    MOZ
    95
    2  
    Gabon
    GAB
    96
    2  
    Iraq
    IRQ
    97
    2  
    Sudan
    SUD
    98
    1  
    Namibia
    NAM
    99
    1  
    Czech Republic
    CZR
    100
    1  
    Republic of the Congo
    ROC
    101
    1  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    DRC
    102
    1  
    Madagascar
    MAD
    103
    1  
    Somalia
    SOM
    104
    0  
    Suriname
    SUR
    105
    0  
    El Salvador
    ESL
    106
    0  
    Botswana
    BOT
    107
    0  
    Nepal
    NEP
    108
    0  
    Uzbekistan
    UZB
    109
    0  
    Belarus
    BLR
    110
    0  
    South Sudan
    SSU
    111
    0  
    Hungary
    HUN
    112
    0  
    Serbia
    SER
    113
    0  
    Zimbabwe
    ZIM
    114
    0  
    Laos
    LAO
    115
    0  
    Zambia
    ZAM
    116
    0  
    Mauritania
    MAU
    117
    0  
    Uganda
    UGA
    118
    0  
    Armenia
    ARM
    119
    0  
    Tajikistan
    TAJ
    120
    0  
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BOS
    121
    0  
    Kyrgyzstan
    KYR
    122
    0  
    Chad
    CHD
    123
    0  
    Niger
    NGR
    124
    0  
    Mali
    MAL
    125
    0  
    Macedonia
    MAC
    126
    0  
    Dominican Republic
    DOM
    127
    0  
    Central African Republic
    CAR
    128
    0  
    Afghanistan
    AFG
    129
    0  
    Nicaragua
    NIC
    130
    0  
    Guatemala
    GUA
    131
    0  
    Ivory Coast
    IVC
    132
    0  
    Cameroon
    CAM