Table 2-1
Top 15 Ranking of World Merchant Fleet by Country of Owner, Year-End 2006

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Number of Vessels

Country Tanker Liquid Gas Dry Bulk Container Roll-on/Roll-off Combination Other a Total
Japan 728 276 1,041 242 377 0 337 3,001
Greece 827 73 1,326 168 69 20 318 2,801
Germany 169 56 182 1,209 56 6 659 2,337
China P.R. 319 75 979 324 40 6 587 2,330
Norway 309 93 175 16 121 27 145 886
South Korea 220 61 224 140 44 0 119 808
Singapore 341 41 175 153 8 5 67 790
United States 316 19 197 63 91 12 74 772
United Kingdom 232 45 142 107 56 1 91 674
Taiwan 48 6 209 203 8 3 86 563
Netherlands 49 19 15 49 38 0 375 545
Italy 214 42 75 21 93 2 63 510
Russia 179 0 72 24 16 0 194 485
Turkey 151 7 146 44 26 1 104 479
Denmark 142 58 24 151 35 0 59 469
Total, top 15 4,244 871 4,982 2,914 1,078 83 3,278 17,450
Total, all flags 6,042 1,190 6,225 3,641 1,600 102 4,815 23,615

Deadweight (thousands)

Country Tanker Liquid Gas Dry Bulk Container Roll-on/Roll-off Combination Other a Total
Greece 71,220 1,339 76,555 6,242 538 1,416 3,429 160,739
Japan 42,758 4,878 75,234 9,201 4,626 0 2,698 139,394
China P.R. 16,951 257 51,555 8,872 290 423 7,313 85,661
Germany 7,555 444 10,096 36,225 395 1,112 4,732 60,558
United States 24,999 1,127 9,757 1,816 1,827 1,002 900 41,428
Singapore 23,726 849 9,723 3,255 73 423 797 38,845
United Kingdom 17,436 2,001 10,138 4,235 429 79 878 35,196
Norway 17,826 3,247 7,787 329 1,750 2,556 959 34,454
South Korea 7,971 1,546 15,881 2,935 591 0 811 29,734
Taiwan 5,693 132 14,301 7,309 49 220 583 28,286
Bermuda 17,374 0 153 0 0 1,353 31 18,911
Denmark 5,922 499 1,140 8,278 371 0 441 16,651
Italy 7,011 425 4,852 666 1,249 137 656 14,995
India 8,773 560 4,875 109 16 123 217 14,674
Monaco 4,227 269 4,932 2,303 66 130 120 12,047
Total, top 15 279,442 17,574 296,978 91,774 12,269 8,975 24,564 731,575
Total, all flags 356,488 24,150 348,089 111,418 17,012 9,718 42,288 909,147

a Breakbulk, partial containerships, refrigerated cargo, barge carriers, and specialized ships.

NOTES: The top 13 countries have held their same position since 2003, and the top 3 countries, Greece, Japan, and China, have gained a 7.2% growth rate by deadweight over the same time period. However, the top 20 countries by deadweight has accounted for 81% of the total.

Since 2003, the United States has ranked in fifth place by deadweight, except, the United States ranked fourth in 2004.

SOURCE: Clarksons Research Services Limited, Shipping Vessel Registers, London: Clarkson Shipbrokers, available at: www.clarksonresearch.com.




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