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Appendix I Leading flags of registration by tonnage

Ship Registration: Law and Practice


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Appendix I

Leading flags of registration by tonnage

Leading flags of registration by tonnage

Flag State Number of vessels Vessel share of world total (%) Dead-weight tonnage Share of world total deadweight tonnage (%) Cumulated share of deadweight tonnage (%) Deadweight tonnage growth, 2016-2017 (%)
Panama 8,052 8.64 343,397,556 18.44 18.44 2.75
Liberia 3,296 3.54 219,397,222 11.78 30.23 5.66
Marshall Islands 3,199 3.43 216,616,351 11.63 41.86 7.76
Hong Kong (China) 2,576 2.77 173,318,337 9.31 51.17 6.23
Singapore 3,558 3.82 124,237,959 6.67 57.84 0.21
Malta 2,170 2.33 99,216,415 5.53 63.17 5.14
Bahamas 1,440 1.55 79,842,485 4.29 67.46 0.79
China 4,287 4.60 78,400,273 4.21 71.67 2.12
Greece 1,364 1.46 74,637,988 4.01 75.68 1.60
UK 1,551 1.66 40,985,692 2.20 77.88 10.42
Japan 5,289 5.68 34,529,405 1.85 79.74 6.60
Cyprus 1,022 1.10 33,764,669 1.81 81.55 1.82
Norway 1,585 1.70 21,900,458 1.18 82.73 6.89
Indonesia 8,782 9.43 20,143,854 1.08 83.81 7.58
India 1,674 1.80 17,253,564 0.93 84.74 5.34
Denmark 654 0.70 16,893,333 0.91 85.64 -1.73
Italy 1,430 1.53 15,944,268 0.86 86.50 -2.32
Republic of Korea 1,907 2.05 15,171,035 0.81 87.31 -10.80
Portugal 466 0.50 13,752,758 0.74 88.05 54.97
United States 3,611 3.88 11,798,309 0.63 88.69 0.75
Bermuda 160 0.17 10,957,895 0.59 89.27 2.44
Germany 614 0.66 10,443,669 0.56 89.84 -6.15
Antigua and Barbuda 964 1.03 10,153,044 0.55 90.38 -9.68
Malaysia 1,690 1.81 10,058,653 0.54 90.92 4.70
Russian Federation 2,572 2.76 8,277,175 0.44 91.37 -2.95

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Turkey
1,285 1.38 8,200,982 0.44 91.81 -3.83
Belgium 185 0.20 8,039,665 0.43 92.24 -3.57
Vietnam 1,818 1.95 7,991,039 0.43 92.67 2.96
Netherlands 1,244 1.34 7,619,143 0.41 93.08 -5.31
France 547 0.59 6,966,582 0.37 93.45 0.90
Islamic Republic of Iran 739 0.79 6,583,064 0.35 93.80 34.49
Philippines 1,508 1.62 6,135,144 4.13 94.13 -3.63
Cayman Islands 161 0.17 5,549,056 0.30 94.43 28.52
Thailand 781 0.84 5,374,875 0.29 94.72 0.13
Kuwait 161 0.17 5,155,256 0.28 95.00 -3.85
Top 35 total 72,342 77.65 1,768,707,283 95.00 95.00 4.02
Rest of world 20,819 22.35 94,530,523 5.07 5.07 -12.80
World total 93,161 100.00 1,861,851,750 100.00 100.00 2.94
Source: Review of Maritime Transport (2017) (UNCTAD/RMT/2017) Table 2.6

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