Sea Transportation: February 19, 2003

Archives

For over half a century, the U.S. has maintained a reserve fleet of older merchant ships (the National Defense Reserve Fleet), to be used in case of a national emergency. Initially, these ships were left over from the thousands produced during World War II. Peak size of this fleet was 2,277 ships in 1950. During the Korean war, 540 ships were mobilized to support military operations, and another 172 were called up during Vietnam. Today, there are 540 ships in this reserve fleet. But 133 of them are awaiting the breakers (being taken apart for scrap metal), 65 are in long term storage and 76 are in the ready reserve fleet (available for moving military cargos on short notice. 

 


Article Archive

Sea Transportation: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close