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Merchant Marine Fleet Strength by Country (2023)



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Ranking the total available merchant marine fleet force strength available to any one country, from largest to smallest.



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).

Data presented on this list is through 2023. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of a merchant ship.
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Merchant Marine Fleets (TOP 5)
1
Indonesia
INO
10,427
2
Panama
PAN
7,980
3
China
CHN
6,662
4
Japan
JPN
5,201
5
Liberia
LIB
3,942
6
United States
USA
3,627
7
Singapore
SNG
3,321
8
Russia
RUS
2,873
9
Vietnam
VET
1,926
10
South Korea
SKO
1,904
11
Philippines
PHL
1,805
12
India
IND
1,801
13
Malaysia
MLY
1,769
14
Norway
NOR
1,644
15
Italy
ITA
1,296
16
United Kingdom
UKD
1,249
17
Greece
GRE
1,236
18
Turkiye
TKY
1,217
19
Netherlands
NTH
1,199
20
Iran
IRN
893
21
Brazil
BRA
864
22
Thailand
THL
839
23
Portugal
POR
820
24
Beliz
BLZ
813
25
Nigeria
NGA
791
26
Denmark
DEN
717
27
Canada
CAN
679
28
Mexico
MEX
671
29
United Arab Emirates
UAE
623
30
Germany
GER
599
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31
Sierra Leone
SLE
591
32
Australia
AUS
581
33
France
FRA
548
34
Honduras
HON
505
35
Spain
SPN
478
36
Bangladesh
BNG
468
37
Taiwan
TWN
429
38
Egypt
EGY
421
39
Ukraine
UKR
409
40
Saudi Arabia
SAR
392
41
Sweden
SWE
370
42
Croatia
CRO
354
43
Tanzania
TNZ
314
44
Azerbaijan
AZR
305
45
Mongolia
MGL
302
46
Venezuela
VEN
281
47
Finland
FIN
272
48
North Korea
NKO
264
49
Cambodia
CMB
245
50
Chile
CHI
231
51
Bahrain
BAH
205
52
Argentina
ARG
202
53
Belgium
BEL
201
54
Kuwait
KUW
165
55
Luxembourg
LUX
153
56
Moldova
MOL
147
57
Ecuador
ECU
145
58
Poland
POL
143
59
Qatar
QTR
129
60
Colombia
COL
122
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61
Romania
ROM
121
62
Kazakhstan
KAZ
119
63
New Zealand
NWZ
115
64
Algeria
ALG
114
65
Paraguay
PAR
110
66
South Africa
SAF
105
67
Peru
PER
98
68
Ireland
IRE
96
69
Myanmar
MYA
95
70
Cameroon
CAM
94
71
Libya
LBY
94
72
Morocco
MOR
93
73
Sri Lanka
SRL
90
74
Bulgaria
BUL
79
75
Turkmenistan
TKM
73
76
Tunisia
TUN
71
77
Albania
ALB
70
78
Latvia
LAT
70
79
Estonia
EST
68
80
Iraq
IRQ
68
81
Lithuania
LIT
64
82
Gabon
GAB
62
83
Uruguay
URU
61
84
Cuba
CUB
59
85
Oman
OMA
57
86
Pakistan
PAK
57
87
Angola
ANG
54
88
Ghana
GHA
51
89
Lebanon
LEB
48
90
Bolivia
BOL
45
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91
Iceland
ICE
41
92
Israel
ISR
41
93
Dominican Republic
DOM
38
94
Jordan
JOR
35
95
Senegal
SEN
35
96
Yemen
YEM
34
97
Mozambique
MOZ
30
98
Syria
SYR
28
99
Madagascar
MAD
27
100
Kenya
KEN
26
101
Georgia
GEO
25
102
Ivory Coast
IVC
25
103
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
22
104
Switzerland
SWZ
20
105
Montenegro
MTN
17
106
Sudan
SDN
15
107
Namibia
NAM
14
108
Ethiopia
ETH
11
109
Republic of the Congo
ROC
11
110
Suriname
SRN
10
111
Eritrea
ERI
9
112
Guatemala
GUA
9
113
Slovenia
SLV
9
114
Benin
BEN
6
115
Mauritania
MAU
5
116
Nicaragua
NIC
5
117
Belarus
BLR
4
118
Somalia
SOM
4
119
El Salvador
ESL
2
120
Zambia
ZAM
2
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121
Hungary
HUN
1
122
Laos
LAO
1
123
Niger
NGR
1
124
Afghanistan
AFG
0
125
Armenia
ARM
0
126
Austria
AST
0
127
Bhutan
BUT
0
128
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
129
Botswana
BOT
0
130
Burkina Faso
BKF
0
131
Central African Republic
CAR
0
132
Chad
CHD
0
133
Czechia
CZC
0
134
Kosovo
KOS
0
135
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
0
136
Mali
MAL
0
137
Nepal
NEP
0
138
North Macedonia
MAC
0
139
Serbia
SRB
0
140
Slovakia
SLK
0
141
South Sudan
SSD
0
142
Tajikistan
TJK
0
143
Uganda
UGA
0
144
Uzbekistan
UZB
0
145
Zimbabwe
ZIM
0

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