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Merchant Marine Fleet Strength by Country (2024)



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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 2024. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of a merchant ship.
Merchant Marine Fleets (TOP 5)
1
Indonesia
INO
11,015
2
Panama
PAN
8,025
3
China
CHN
7,362
4
Japan
JPN
5,590
5
Liberia
LIB
4,311
6
Singapore
SNG
3,227
7
Russia
RUS
2,917
8
South Korea
SKO
2,063
9
Vietnam
VET
1,975
10
Philippines
PHL
1,853
11
United States
USA
1,815
12
India
IND
1,801
13
Malaysia
MLY
1,790
14
Norway
NOR
1,710
15
Italy
ITA
1,266
16
Turkiye
TKY
1,237
17
Greece
GRE
1,234
18
Netherlands
NTH
1,175
19
United Kingdom
UKD
1,174
20
Iran
IRN
942
21
Brazil
BRA
877
22
Portugal
POR
835
23
Nigeria
NGA
832
24
Thailand
THL
829
25
Beliz
BLZ
817
26
Denmark
DEN
731
27
Canada
CAN
689
28
Mexico
MEX
669
29
United Arab Emirates
UAE
636
30
Sierra Leone
SLE
605
31
Germany
GER
592
32
Australia
AUS
587
33
France
FRA
549
34
Bangladesh
BNG
511
35
Honduras
HON
505
36
Spain
SPN
494
37
Taiwan
TWN
450
38
Egypt
EGY
436
39
Saudi Arabia
SAR
413
40
Ukraine
UKR
410
41
Croatia
CRO
376
42
Sweden
SWE
368
43
Tanzania
TNZ
322
44
Mongolia
MGL
314
45
Azerbaijan
AZR
309
46
Finland
FIN
278
47
Venezuela
VEN
272
48
North Korea
NKO
270
49
Cambodia
CMB
242
50
Chile
CHI
239
51
Argentina
ARG
203
52
Belgium
BEL
199
53
Bahrain
BAH
190
54
Kuwait
KUW
166
55
Luxembourg
LUX
149
56
Poland
POL
149
57
Colombia
COL
148
58
Ecuador
ECU
147
59
Moldova
MOL
126
60
Romania
ROM
125
61
Qatar
QTR
123
62
Cameroon
CAM
121
63
Kazakhstan
KAZ
120
64
Algeria
ALG
119
65
New Zealand
NWZ
116
66
South Africa
SAF
107
67
Paraguay
PAR
105
68
Myanmar
MYA
102
69
Peru
PER
101
70
Ireland
IRE
96
71
Libya
LBY
94
72
Morocco
MOR
93
73
Sri Lanka
SRL
92
74
Bulgaria
BUL
80
75
Latvia
LAT
80
76
Iraq
IRQ
75
77
Turkmenistan
TKM
72
78
Gabon
GAB
71
79
Estonia
EST
70
80
Tunisia
TUN
70
81
Albania
ALB
69
82
Cuba
CUB
64
83
Lithuania
LIT
62
84
Uruguay
URU
60
85
Angola
ANG
58
86
Pakistan
PAK
58
87
Oman
OMA
57
88
Ghana
GHA
52
89
Lebanon
LEB
49
90
Bolivia
BOL
46
91
Israel
ISR
45
92
Iceland
ICE
40
93
Dominican Republic
DOM
38
94
Jordan
JOR
35
95
Senegal
SEN
35
96
Mozambique
MOZ
30
97
Yemen
YEM
30
98
Madagascar
MAD
28
99
Ivory Coast
IVC
25
100
Kenya
KEN
25
101
Georgia
GEO
24
102
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
23
103
Syria
SYR
22
104
Switzerland
SWZ
20
105
Montenegro
MTN
18
106
Namibia
NAM
15
107
Sudan
SDN
15
108
Ethiopia
ETH
12
109
Mauritania
MAU
11
110
Republic of the Congo
ROC
11
111
Suriname
SRN
10
112
Eritrea
ERI
9
113
Guatemala
GUA
9
114
Slovenia
SLN
9
115
Benin
BEN
7
116
Nicaragua
NIC
5
117
Belarus
BLR
4
118
El Salvador
ESL
4
119
Somalia
SOM
4
120
Niger
NGR
2
121
Zambia
ZAM
2
122
Austria
AST
1
123
Hungary
HUN
1
124
Laos
LAO
1
125
Afghanistan
AFG
0
126
Armenia
ARM
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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