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Merchant Marine Strength by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/17/2015

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 2015.

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
88
38
87
39
77
40
76
41
72
42
67
43
62
44
61
45
57
46
53
47
52
48
44
49
42
50
41
51
38
52
38
53
38
54
36
55
34
56
29
57
29
58
28
59
26
60
25
61
24
62
23
63
22
64
22
65
21
66
19
67
19
68
18
69
17
70
16
71
15
72
12
73
12
74
11
75
11
76
11
77
11
78
11
79
9
80
9
81
8
82
8
83
8
84
7
85
5
86
5
87
5
88
5
89
4
90
3
91
3
92
3
93
2
94
2
95
2
96
2
97
1
98
1
99
1
100
1
101
1
102
1
103
0
104
0
105
0
106
0
107
0
108
0
109
0
110
0
111
0
112
0
113
0
114
0
115
0
116
0
117
0
118
0
119
0
120
0
121
0
122
0
123
0
124
0
125
0
126
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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