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World merchant fleet and top 15 shipowning countries (2021*)

Comparing world merchant fleet data from 2021 with data from 2016 (5 year period) –  top 3 shipowning countries have remained the same: Greece, Japan and China.  In total the world  merchant fleet accounted for  2 116 401 ( DWT ‘000) and 53 973  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 2021. 

 

World fleet data 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
000′ DWT 1,794,029 1,850,606 1,920,052 1,972,007 2,053,514 2,116,401
Growth rate DWT 3.37% 3.15% 3.75% 2.71% 4.13% 3.06%
Number of Ships 49,445 50,090 51,480 52,417 53,275 53,973
Growth rate number of ships 2.03% 1.30% 2.78% 1.82% 1.64% 1.31%
Average ship’s size 36,283 36,946 37,297 37,622 38,546 39,212
Growth rate avg size of ship 1.31% 1.83% 0.95% 0.87% 2.46% 1.73%
Controlled fleet by top 15 nations 80.79% 79.64% 81.11% 81.30% 81.22% 80.77%

 

In 2021  top 15 countries by controlled DWT was : Greece, China, Japan, Singapore ,China –  Hong Kong SAR, Germany, Republic of Korea, Norway, United States of America, Bermuda, France, Taiwan (province of China), United Kingdom, Denmark and Belgium.

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/

 

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