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World merchant fleet and top 15 shipowning countries (2014 – 2019)

Comparing data from 2019 with data from 2014 regarding world merchant fleet –  top 3 shipowning countries have remained the same: Greece, Japan and China.  In total the world  merchant fleet accounted for 1, 962, 582  ( DWT ‘000) and 51,684  in terms of number of ships over 1000 GT.  All data are taken from  UnctadStatistics and visualised by using Infogram.

World fleet data 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Thousand DWT 1,675,562 1,732,520 1,791,609 1,848,224 1,910,012 1,962,582
Number of ships 47,797 48,240 49,445 50,146 50,732 51,684
Averge size of ship DWT 35,056 35,915 36,234 36,857 37,649 37,973
Controlled world fleet by   top 15 countries ( Top 15 as per 2019*) 78.02% 78.56% 79.02% 78.92% 79.61% 80.51%

*Greece, Japan, China, Singapore ,China –  Hong Kong SAR, Germany, Republic of Korea, Norway, United States of America, Bermuda, France, Taiwan (province of China), United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium

Surprisingly Belgium which ranked only 26th in 2014 already ranked 15th in 2019 leaving out Turkey.

Infographic

This infographic visualizes data regarding top 15 shipowning countries regarding growth of controlled DWT, changes in share of world fleet, increase of number of owned ships and changes in average size of vessel. Data comes from UNCTAD statistics http://stats.unctad.org/fleetownership   and are visualized by use of Infogram.

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