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Merchant Marine Strength by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/21/2014

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

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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).


Merchant Marine strength data through 2013.

1
6,413
2
2,030
3
1,599
4
1,340
5
1,143
6
860
7
786
8
744
9
684
10
681
11
629
12
585
13
579
14
544
15
504
16
446
17
427
18
393
19
367
20
363
21
340
22
315
23
181
24
162
25
158
26
142
27
135
28
134
29
132
30
112
31
109
32
109
33
97
34
94
35
90
36
89
37
87
38
77
39
76
40
72
41
67
42
62
43
61
44
57
45
53
46
52
47
44
48
42
49
41
50
38
51
38
52
38
53
36
54
34
55
29
56
28
57
26
58
25
59
24
60
23
61
22
62
22
63
21
64
19
65
19
66
18
67
16
68
15
69
12
70
12
71
11
72
11
73
11
74
9
75
9
76
8
77
8
78
8
79
7
80
5
81
5
82
5
83
5
84
4
85
3
86
3
87
2
88
2
89
2
90
1
91
1
92
1
93
1
94
0
95
0
96
0
97
0
98
0
99
0
100
0
101
0
102
0
103
0
104
0
105
0
106
0

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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