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Published: 20 April 2020

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 680 in March 2020

In March 2020, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,239 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 680 vessels and the number of small vessels was 286. The number of barges and other engineless vessels was 273 in total. The Register of Merchant Vessels, in which vessels operating mainly in foreign traffic can be entered, contained a total of 114 vessels in March 2020. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,869,932. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,736,552 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,572,296.

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 31st March 2020

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 31st March 2020

Most of the vessels in the regular merchant fleet were passenger ships and second most were special vessels and other vessels. There were 195 passenger ships, 175 special vessels and 101 vessels in the category other vessels. The biggest category by gross tonnage was ro-ro passenger ships. The next biggest categories were ro-ro cargo ships and other dry cargo ships. The gross tonnage of ro-ro passenger ships and ro-ro cargo ships was more than half of the tonnage of the entire regular merchant fleet.

Table 1. Regular merchant fleet 31st March 2020

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 680 1,736,552 715,364
Passenger ships 195 22,991 9,360
Ro-ro passenger ships 55 604,149 284,029
Ro-ro cargo ships 43 511,658 154,055
Bulk carrier ships 10 106,356 52,507
Other dry cargo ships 91 227,839 98,037
Tankers 10 182,031 91,645
Special purpose ships 175 67,307 20,980
Other ships 101 14,221 4,751

The majority of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels were other dry cargo ships, ro-ro cargo ships and special purpose ships. There were 36 other dry cargo ships, 29 ro-ro cargo ships and 21 special purpose ships. The biggest category by gross tonnage was ro-ro passenger ships, ro-ro cargo ships and other dry cargo ships. The gross tonnage of ro-ro passenger ships and ro-ro cargo ships made up two-thirds of the volume of the entire Register of Merchant Vessels.

The number of vessels in the regular merchant fleet had decreased by seven compared to the situation at the turn of the year. The number of other dry cargo ships decreased by three, the number of special vessels and passenger vessels decreased by two each and and other vessels decreased by one. The number of ro-ro cargo ships increased by one vessel. The number of small vessels inreased by two. The number of barges and other engineless vessels had declined by two vessels. The number of vessels in the Register of Merchant Vessels decreased by two vessels in March 2020.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, Sami Lahtinen 029 551 3207, matti.kokkonen@tilastokeskus.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 20.4.2020

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. March 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.7.2020].
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