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Published: 21 September 2020

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 678 in August 2020

In August 2020, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,240 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 678 vessels and the number of small vessels was 287. The number of barges and other engineless vessels was 275 in total. The Register of Merchant Vessels, in which vessels operating mainly in foreign traffic can be entered, contained a total of 113 vessels in August 2020. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,862,412. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,728,898 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,564,966.

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

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 31st August 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 31.8.2020

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 678 1,728,898 711,416
Passenger ships 195 22,991 9,362
Ro-ro passenger ships 53 603,711 283,897
Ro-ro cargo ships 44 511,702 154,069
Bulk carrier ships 10 106,356 52,507
Other dry cargo ships 90 220,509 94,259
Tankers 10 182,031 91,645
Special purpose ships 175 67,377 21,001
Other ships 101 14,221 4,676

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 35 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 nine compared to the situation at the turn of the year. The number of other dry cargo ships decreased by four. The number of passenger vessels, ro-ro passenger ships and special vessels decreased by two each. The number of other vessels decreased by one. The number of ro-ro cargo ships increased by two vessels. The number of small vessels increased by three. The number of barges and other engineless vessels remained unchanged. The number of vessels in the Register of Merchant Vessels decreased by one vessel in August 2020.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ella Oksa 029 551 3476, Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, ella.oksa@stat.fi

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Updated 21.9.2020

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. August 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.5.2021].
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