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Published: 11 January 2021

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 680 in December 2020

In December 2020, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,243 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 680 vessels and the number of small vessels was 285. The number of barges and other engineless vessels was 278 in total. The Register of Merchant Vessels, in which vessels operating mainly in foreign traffic can be entered, contained a total of 112 vessels in December 2020. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,861,656. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,727,356 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,548,986.

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

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

Most of the vessels in the regular merchant fleet were passenger ships and second most were special vessels and other vessels. There were 196 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 31.12.2020

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 680 1,727,356 709,252
Passenger ships 196 23,082 9,395
Ro-ro passenger ships 54 603,936 283,965
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 10 180,453 89,467
Special purpose ships 176 67,421 21,012
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 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 seven compared to the situation at the turn of the year. The number of other dry cargo ships decreased by four. The number of other vessels decreased by two. The number of passenger vessels, ro-ro passenger ships and special vessels decreased by one each. The number of ro-ro cargo ships increased by two vessels.

The number of small vessels increased by one and 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 decreased by one in December 2020.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, matti.kokkonen@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 11.1.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. December 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.5.2021].
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