Which Country Has the Most Maritime Merchant Vessels?

Number of Maritime Merchant Vessels (vessels), 2011
Transport | February 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 70 countries in 2011, Greece ranked the highest in number of maritime merchant vessels with 71,420 vessels followed by Singapore and Malta. On the other end of the scale was Slovenia with 0.350 vessels, Montenegro with 2.70 vessels and Kenya with 7.87 vessels.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Maritime Merchant Vessels indicator page.

Number of Maritime Merchant Vessels Unit 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
China vessels 29,793 32,774 34,781 37,124 39,998
Denmark vessels 9,033 9,764 10,436 11,075 12,668
Germany vessels 9,381 13,578 13,264 15,031 17,949
Greece vessels 54,642 52,136 54,613 61,384 63,036
India vessels 12,347 13,295 13,904 15,041 15,300
Indonesia vessels ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5,039 5,308 6,268 6,859 7,025
Italy vessels 11,316 12,074 13,279 13,267 14,415
Japan vessels 16,013 15,100 15,096 14,810 15,417
Malaysia vessels 8,708 7,755 8,571 9,448 9,391
Malta vessels 36,101 36,942 40,440 45,218 50,666
Norway vessels 24,243 23,237 23,950 23,949 23,541
Singapore vessels 40,935 48,562 50,981 55,550 60,798
South Korea vessels 12,017 14,347 16,456 21,141 22,600
USA vessels 11,658 11,768 12,411 12,140 11,962
United Kingdom vessels 23,161 25,548 28,715 29,738 32,607