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Published: 9 March 2022

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 671 in February 2022

In February 2022, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,236 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 671 vessels and the number of small vessels was 282. The number of barges and other engineless vessels was 283 in total. The Register of Merchant Vessels, in which vessels operating mainly in foreign traffic can be entered, contained a total of 107 vessels in February 2022. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,873,122. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,754,212 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,587,902.

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 28th February 2022

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet and in the Register of Merchant Vessels by gross tonnage 28th February 2022

Most of the vessels in the regular merchant fleet were passenger ships and second most were special vessels and other ships. There were 192 passenger ships, 180 special vessels and 96 vessels in the category other ships. 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 28.02.2022

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 671 1,754,212 705,506
Passenger ships 192 22,563 9,194
Ro-ro passenger ships 54 650,670 286,026
Ro-ro cargo ships 42 484,851 145,825
Bulk carrier ships 10 106,356 52,507
Other dry cargo ships 88 222,779 94,836
Tankers 9 176,061 87,591
Special purpose ships 180 78,438 25,466
Other ships 96 12,494 4,061

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, 27 ro-ro cargo ships and 17 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 increased by two compared to the situation at the turn of the previous year. The number of passenger ships and other dry cargo ships increased by one each. The number of small vessels had decreased by one compared to the situation at the turn of the previous year. The number of barges and other engineless vessels remained unchanged compared to the situation at the turn of the previous year. The number of vessels in the Register of Merchant Vessels stayed the same in February 2022.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 09.03.2022

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. February 2022. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 26.6.2022].
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