Oceangoing self-propelled ships under U.S.-flag 1996-2019

This statistic represents the number of oceangoing, self-propelled, cargo carrying vessels in the U.S.-flag merchant fleet from January 1996 through January 2019. As of January 2019, there were some 182 merchant ships flying the U.S.-flag.

Number of ships in the U.S.-flag merchant fleet from 1996 to 2019*

Number of ships in units
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United States

Survey time period

January 1996 to January 2019

Supplementary notes

* All yearly counts are from January of that year.
The figures for 1996 through 2016 are taken from the National Transportation Statistics report, published by the US Department of Transportation in 2017.
According to the source, the information excludes non-merchant type and/or U.S. Navy-owned vessels currently in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, as well as ships operating exclusively on the Great Lakes and inland waterways and special types such as: channel ships, icebreakers, cable ships, and merchant ships owned by military forces.
The values reflect oceangoing, self-propelled, cargo carrying vessels of 1,000 gross tons and above.

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