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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
National Flag
6,413  
Panama
PAN
2
National Flag
2,030  
China
CHN
3
National Flag
1,599  
Singapore
SIN
4
National Flag
1,340  
Indonesia
INO
5
National Flag
1,143  
Russia
RUS
6
National Flag
860  
Greece
GRE
7
National Flag
786  
South Korea
SKO
8
National Flag
744  
Netherlands
NET
9
National Flag
684  
Japan
JPN
10
National Flag
681  
Italy
ITA
11
National Flag
629  
Turkey
TUR
12
National Flag
585  
Norway
NOR
13
National Flag
579  
Vietnam
VTN
14
National Flag
544  
Cambodia
CMB
15
National Flag
504  
United Kingdom
UKD
16
National Flag
446  
Philippines
PHI
17
National Flag
427  
Germany
GER
18
National Flag
393  
United States
USA
19
National Flag
367  
Denmark
DEN
20
National Flag
363  
Thailand
THA
21
National Flag
340  
India
IND
22
National Flag
315  
Malaysia
MLY
23
National Flag
215  
Sierra Leone
SIE
24
National Flag
181  
Canada
CAN
25
National Flag
162  
France
FRA
26
National Flag
158  
North Korea
NKO
27
National Flag
142  
Georgia
GEO
28
National Flag
135  
Sweden
SWE
29
National Flag
134  
Ukraine
UKR
30
National Flag
132  
Spain
SPA
31
National Flag
112  
Taiwan
TAI
32
National Flag
109  
Portugal
POR
33
National Flag
109  
Brazil
BRA
34
National Flag
97  
Finland
FIN
35
National Flag
94  
Tanzania
TAN
36
National Flag
90  
Azerbaijan
AZR
37
National Flag
89  
Nigeria
NIG
38
National Flag
88  
Honduras
HON
39
National Flag
87  
Belgium
BEL
40
National Flag
77  
Croatia
CRO
41
National Flag
76  
Iran
IRN
42
National Flag
72  
Saudi Arabia
SAR
43
National Flag
67  
Egypt
EGP
44
National Flag
62  
Bangladesh
BAN
45
National Flag
61  
United Arab Emirates
UAE
46
National Flag
57  
Mongolia
MON
47
National Flag
53  
Venezuela
VEN
48
National Flag
52  
Mexico
MEX
49
National Flag
44  
Ecuador
ECU
50
National Flag
42  
Chile
CHI
51
National Flag
41  
Australia
AUS
52
National Flag
38  
Lithuania
LIT
53
National Flag
38  
Switzerland
SWI
54
National Flag
38  
Algeria
ALG
55
National Flag
36  
Argentina
ARG
56
National Flag
34  
Kuwait
KUW
57
National Flag
29  
Lebanon
LEB
58
National Flag
29  
Myanmar
MYA
59
National Flag
28  
Qatar
QTR
60
National Flag
26  
Morocco
MOR
61
National Flag
25  
Estonia
EST
62
National Flag
24  
Slovenia
SLV
63
National Flag
23  
Libya
LIB
64
National Flag
22  
Bulgaria
BUL
65
National Flag
22  
Peru
PER
66
National Flag
21  
Sri Lanka
SRL
67
National Flag
19  
Paraguay
PAR
68
National Flag
19  
Syria
SYR
69
National Flag
18  
Bolivia
BOL
70
National Flag
17  
Albania
ALB
71
National Flag
16  
Uruguay
URU
72
National Flag
15  
New Zealand
NWZ
73
National Flag
12  
Jordan
JOR
74
National Flag
12  
Colombia
COL
75
National Flag
11  
Pakistan
PAK
76
National Flag
11  
Kazakhstan
KAZ
77
National Flag
11  
Latvia
LAT
78
National Flag
11  
Slovakia
SLK
79
National Flag
11  
Turkmenistan
TKM
80
National Flag
9  
Tunisia
TUN
81
National Flag
9  
Poland
POL
82
National Flag
8  
Ethiopia
ETH
83
National Flag
8  
Israel
ISR
84
National Flag
8  
Bahrain
BAH
85
National Flag
7  
Angola
ANG
86
National Flag
5  
Oman
OMA
87
National Flag
5  
Romania
ROM
88
National Flag
5  
Kenya
KEN
89
National Flag
5  
Yemen
YEM
90
National Flag
4  
Ghana
GHA
91
National Flag
3  
South Africa
SAF
92
National Flag
3  
Cuba
CUB
93
National Flag
3  
Austria
AST
94
National Flag
2  
Sudan
SUD
95
National Flag
2  
Iraq
IRQ
96
National Flag
2  
Gabon
GAB
97
National Flag
2  
Mozambique
MOZ
98
National Flag
1  
Republic of the Congo
ROC
99
National Flag
1  
Namibia
NAM
100
National Flag
1  
Czech Republic
CZR
101
National Flag
1  
Somalia
SOM
102
National Flag
1  
Madagascar
MAD
103
National Flag
1  
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
104
National Flag
0  
Bhutan
BUT
105
National Flag
0  
El Salvador
ESL
106
National Flag
0  
Botswana
BOT
107
National Flag
0  
Suriname
SUR
108
National Flag
0  
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
109
National Flag
0  
South Sudan
SSU
110
National Flag
0  
Uzbekistan
UZB
111
National Flag
0  
Belarus
BLR
112
National Flag
0  
Zimbabwe
ZIM
113
National Flag
0  
Hungary
HUN
114
National Flag
0  
Serbia
SER
115
National Flag
0  
Laos
LAO
116
National Flag
0  
Zambia
ZAM
117
National Flag
0  
Mauritania
MAU
118
National Flag
0  
Uganda
UGA
119
National Flag
0  
Chad
CHD
120
National Flag
0  
Tajikistan
TAJ
121
National Flag
0  
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
122
National Flag
0  
Nepal
NEP
123
National Flag
0  
Armenia
ARM
124
National Flag
0  
Niger
NGR
125
National Flag
0  
Mali
MAL
126
National Flag
0  
Macedonia
MAC
127
National Flag
0  
Dominican Republic
DOM
128
National Flag
0  
Central African Republic
CAR
129
National Flag
0  
Afghanistan
AFG
130
National Flag
0  
Nicaragua
NIC
131
National Flag
0  
Guatemala
GUA
132
National Flag
0  
Ivory Coast
IVC
133
National Flag
0  
Cameroon
CAM