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Oceangoing self-propelled ships under U.S.-flag 1996-2022

Number of ships in the U.S.-flag merchant fleet from 1996 to 2022

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United States

Survey time period

January 1996 to January 2022

Supplementary notes

All yearly counts are from January of that year.
The figures for 1996 through 2020 are taken from previous editions of the same publication.
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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