Merchant Marine of Burgundie
|Ships:||4,146 (>1000 GRT)|
The Merchant Marine of Burgundie refers to either Burgundian civilian mariners, or to Burgundian civilian and nationally owned merchant vessels. Both the civilian mariners and the merchant vessels are managed by a combination of the government and private sectors and engage in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of Burgundie. The Merchant Marine primarily transports cargo and passengers during peacetime; in times of war, the Merchant Marine can be an auxiliary to the Navy of Burgundie, and can be called upon to deliver military personnel and materiel for the military. Merchant Marine officers may also be commissioned as military officers by the Department of Civil Defense and Security. This is commonly achieved by commissioning unlimited tonnage Merchant Marine officers as Strategic Sealift Officers in the Naval Reserves.
Merchant mariners move cargo and passengers between nations and within Burgundie, and operate and maintain deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, excursion vessels, charter boats and other waterborne craft on the oceans, rivers, canals, harbors, and other waterways. As of September, 2031, the Burgundian merchant fleet had 4,146 privately owned, oceangoing, self-propelled vessels of 1,000 gross register tons and above that carry cargo from port to port or more. Nearly all Burgundian-owned ships are flagged in Burgundie, Kistan, or Bulkh.
The federal government maintains fleets of merchant ships via organizations such as Military Sealift Command (part of the Navy of Burgundie) and the Royal Defense Reserve Fleet, which is managed by the Royal Burgundian Maritime Administration. In 2030, the government employed only 5% of all Burgundian water transportation workers with large conglomerates and trade associations employing the remainder.
|Statistics for the shipping industry of Burgundie|
|Total: 4,025 ships (>1000 GRT or over)|
|Totalling: 214,573,650 GRT/310,930,580 metric tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Roll-on / roll-off ships||271|
|Chemical tanker ships||432|
|Specialized tanker ships||405|
|Petroleum tanker ships||279|
|General passenger ships||150|
Late Modern Era
Nanseetcuket's Chappaquiddick coast was made internationally famous in the 1800s and early 1900s as a death trap for international shipping. Numerous Kiravian and Burgundian merchant marine ships were dashed against the rocks in mysterious storms. These sailors were considered the best storm sailors in the world due to their experience in the Kilikas Storm Belt and were the vanguard of an international effort to engage Nanseetucket by the global community. The Burgundian Maritime Navigation Administration calculates that between 1804 and 1914 78 Burgundian merchant ships were destroyed on the rocks, shoals, and shores of Chappaquiddick. The Burgundian Maritime Biographer Laureate Maurie-Joseph Copecnee laments that the ports of Nanseetucket were "gravid with mercantile potential. Our national future in Nanseetucket was cut short by the enmity of the insolent Chappaquiddick."
During Operation Kipling's Kandaran Anti-Communist War 12 merchant marine ships and other commercial ships from various other nations were caught in Lake X in northern Kandara when the X River was blocked by communist forces supported by the South Punth ComIntern. This rag tag flotilla was called the Yellow Fleet.
Bulk Cargo Ships
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