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Latest publication: Merchant Fleet 2022, February

Published: 12 January 2022

Vessels in the regular merchant fleet numbered 669 in December 2021

In December 2021, the size of the Finnish merchant fleet was 1,235 vessels. The regular merchant fleet included 669 vessels and the number of small vessels was 283. 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 106 vessels in December 2021. The gross tonnage of the entire registered merchant fleet was 1,862,051. The share of gross tonnage of the regular merchant fleet was 1,738,552 and the share of vessels entered in the Register of Merchant Vessels 1,572,338.

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

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

Most of the vessels in the regular merchant fleet were passenger ships and second most were special vessels and other ships. There were 191 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 31.12.2021

Vessel type Amount Gross tonnage Net tonnage
Regular merchant fleet total 669 1,738,552 699,552
Passenger ships 191 22,467 9,160
Ro-ro passenger ships 54 638,270 281,786
Ro-ro cargo ships 42 484,851 145,825
Bulk carrier ships 10 106,356 52,507
Other dry cargo ships 87 219,615 93,156
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 35 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 decreased by eleven compared to the situation at the turn of the previous year. The number of passenger ships had decreased by five and the number of other dry cargo ships by three. The number of ro-ro cargo ships had decreased by two and the number of tankers by one. The number of special purpose ships increased by four and the number of other ships decreased by four. The number of small vessels had decreased by two compared to the situation at the turn of the previous year. The number of barges and other engineless vessels increased by five 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 December 2021.


Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Henna Ylimaa 029 551 3709, Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770, henna.ylimaa@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 12.01.2022

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Merchant Fleet [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1669. December 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 9.8.2022].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/klaiv/2021/12/klaiv_2021_12_2022-01-12_tie_001_en.html