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Here’s a list of number of merchant ships (ranked by decreasing number) Number of merchant ships (more than 100 tons) registered by country. Source: Encyclopaedia Universalis, Yearbook Les Chiffres du Monde, 1998. NB: Data presented are the last available ones, several of them predates 1997. Countries not listed do not necessarily have no merchant navy, but data are not available for these countries.
Ivan Sache, 30 May 1999

In bold face countries with shipping companies’ houseflags pages.

Looking down to the end of the list I find entries for 17 countries with no merchant shipping at all. Except for Wallis and Futuna (an island group) none of these countries has direct access to an ocean or major sea, although Liechtenstein is on the Rhine. In Southern Africa both Lesotho and Botswana are listed — to my knowledge they have no shipping. But Swaziland (also landlocked) is omitted (as far as I could see), yet it has (or has had) a merchant marine. Its capital, Mbabane, has been accepted as a "port" of registration for vessels. I do not know whether it currently owns any ships, but it made great fanfare of the opening of the Mbabane registry, and there have been some odd debates in the country’s Parliament about the disappearance of its sole vessel.
Mike Oettle, 01 Oct 2006

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