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Latest publication: Merchant Fleet 2021, April

Published: 8 April 2021

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 678 in March 2021

In March 2021, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,245 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 678 vessels and the number of small vessels was 286. The number of barges and other engineless vessels was 281 in total. The Register of Merchant Vessels, in which vessels operating mainly in foreign traffic can be entered, contained a total of 115 vessels in March 2021. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,867,242. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,733,665 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,568,356.

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 31th March 2021

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 31th March 2021

Most of the vessels in the regular merchant fleet were passenger ships and second most were special vessels and other vessels. There were 194 passenger ships, 176 special vessels and 100 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 31.3.2021

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 678 1,732,665 682,298
Passenger ships 194 22,658 9,243
Ro-ro passenger ships 54 603,936 256,148
Ro-ro cargo ships 44 511,702 154,069
Bulk carrier ships 10 106,356 52,507
Other dry cargo ships 91 226,901 97,179
Tankers 9 178,549 87,156
Special purpose ships 176 68,666 21,418
Other ships 100 13,897 4,578

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 37 other dry cargo ships, 29 ro-ro cargo ships and 22 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 two compared to the situation at the turn of the year. The number of passenger ships decreased by two and the number of tankers decreased by one. The number of small vessels increased by one. The number of barges and other engineless vessels increased by three compared to the situation at the turn of the year. The number of vessels in the Register of Merchant Vessels increased by one in March 2021.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Olli Kajava 029 551 3531, Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, olli.kajava@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 8.4.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. March 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.5.2021].
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