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World merchant fleet and top 15 shipowning countries (2020*)

Merchant fleet by country of beneficial ownership

Comparing world merchant fleet data from 2020 with data from 2015 –  top 3 shipowning countries have remained the same: Greece, Japan and China.  In total the world  merchant fleet accounted for  2 051 019 ( DWT ‘000) and 52 961  in terms of number of ships over 1000 GT.  All data are taken from  UnctadStatistics and visualized by using Infogram.

*The data in this post are updated taking into account UNCTAD statistics data from 2020.

World fleet data 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
000′ DWT 1,735,522 1,794,029 1,850,606 1,920,052 1,970,554 2,051,019
Number of ships 48,459 49,445 50,090 51,480 52,162 52,961
Average ship’s size DWT 35,814 36,283 36,946 37,297 37,778 38,727
Cotrolled fleet by top 15 countries 78.84% 80.79% 79.64% 81.11% 81.30% 81.22%

In 2020  top 15 countries by controled DWT was : 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, Monaco, Denmark.

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.

Other visualisations can be found here: http://infomaritime.eu/index.php/category/maritime-data/

Visualisation  of Equasis world merchant fleet data made with google data studio can be found here: Equasis world merchant fleet data (2005-2019)

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