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Merchant Marine Fleet Strength by Country (2021)



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



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 2021. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of a merchant ship.
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1
Indonesia
INO
9,879
2
Panama
PAN
7,860
3
China
CHN
5,594
4
Japan
JPN
5,017
5
United States
USA
3,673
6
Liberia
LIB
3,496
7
Singapore
SIN
3,433
8
Russia
RUS
2,739
9
South Korea
SKO
1,880
10
Vietnam
VTN
1,863
11
Malaysia
MLY
1,748
12
India
IND
1,731
13
Philippines
PHI
1,706
14
Norway
NOR
1,576
15
United Kingdom
UKD
1,426
16
Italy
ITA
1,353
17
Greece
GRE
1,308
18
Turkey
TUR
1,234
19
Netherlands
NET
1,217
20
Brazil
BRA
864
21
Thailand
THA
825
22
Iran
IRN
785
23
Denmark
DEN
682
24
Nigeria
NGA
677
25
Canada
CAN
669
26
Mexico
MEX
637
27
United Arab Emirates
UAE
637
28
Portugal
POR
624
29
Germany
GER
609
30
Australia
AUS
579
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31
France
FRA
552
32
Honduras
HON
527
33
Sierra Leone
SIE
518
34
Ukraine
UKR
408
35
Egypt
EGY
393
36
Taiwan
TAI
389
37
Bangladesh
BAN
376
38
Saudi Arabia
SAR
374
39
Sweden
SWE
360
40
Tanzania
TAN
337
41
Croatia
CRO
336
42
Azerbaijan
AZR
305
43
Venezuela
VEN
289
44
Mongolia
MON
271
45
Finland
FIN
269
46
Cambodia
CMB
268
47
North Korea
NKO
264
48
Bahrain
BAH
261
49
Chile
CHI
221
50
Belgium
BEL
201
51
Argentina
ARG
192
52
Kuwait
KUW
154
53
Poland
POL
144
54
Moldova
MOL
142
55
Ecuador
ECU
137
56
Qatar
QTR
136
57
Kazakhstan
KAZ
124
58
Romania
ROM
120
59
Spain
SPA
119
60
Colombia
COL
115
61
Algeria
ALG
114
62
New Zealand
NWZ
113
63
Paraguay
PAR
106
64
South Africa
SAF
103
65
Peru
PER
98
66
Sri Lanka
SRL
97
67
Myanmar
MYA
95
68
Libya
LBY
94
69
Ireland
IRE
93
70
Morocco
MOR
86
71
Bulgaria
BUL
83
72
Georgia
GEO
82
73
Iraq
IRQ
73
74
Turkmenistan
TKM
71
75
Estonia
EST
69
76
Albania
ALB
68
77
Tunisia
TUN
67
78
Uruguay
URU
60
79
Latvia
LAT
58
80
Lithuania
LIT
58
81
Angola
ANG
55
82
Lebanon
LEB
55
83
Pakistan
PAK
54
84
Cuba
CUB
52
85
Oman
OMA
51
86
Ghana
GHA
48
87
Bolivia
BOL
43
88
Israel
ISR
40
89
Dominican Republic
DOM
37
90
Yemen
YEM
34
91
Jordan
JOR
32
92
Switzerland
SWI
32
93
Cameroon
CAM
29
94
Mozambique
MOZ
29
95
Gabon
GAB
28
96
Madagascar
MAD
28
97
Syria
SYR
25
98
Kenya
KEN
24
99
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
21
100
Sudan
SUD
17
101
Ivory Coast
IVC
15
102
Montenegro
MTN
12
103
Namibia
NAM
12
104
Ethiopia
ETH
11
105
Republic of the Congo
ROC
11
106
Suriname
SUR
10
107
Eritrea
ERI
9
108
Guatemala
GUA
9
109
Slovenia
SLV
8
110
Nicaragua
NIC
6
111
Mauritania
MAU
5
112
Belarus
BLR
4
113
Somalia
SOM
4
114
El Salvador
ESL
2
115
Laos
LAO
1
116
Niger
NGR
1
117
Uganda
UGA
1
118
Zambia
ZAM
1
119
Afghanistan
AFG
0
120
Armenia
ARM
0
121
Austria
AST
0
122
Bhutan
BUT
0
123
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
124
Botswana
BOT
0
125
Burkina Faso
BKF
0
126
Central African Republic
CAR
0
127
Chad
CHD
0
128
Czechia
CZC
0
129
Hungary
HUN
0
130
Kosovo
KOS
0
131
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
0
132
Mali
MAL
0
133
Nepal
NEP
0
134
North Macedonia
MAC
0
135
Serbia
SER
0
136
Slovakia
SLK
0
137
South Sudan
SSU
0
138
Tajikistan
TAJ
0
139
Uzbekistan
UZB
0
140
Zimbabwe
ZIM
0

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