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Seatrade Maritime News 
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 dwt making it the second largest registry in the world in deadweight tonnage terms administrators International Registries Inc (IRI) said in a statement. "This is a very ... See more..
Maritime Professional 
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided administrative ... See more..
ch-aviation 
Air Marshall Islands (CWM, Majuro) has set a date for its proposed resumption of commercial international passenger flights. According to Airline Route, the ... See more..
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Reuters 
OSLO The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean became the first nation on Tuesday to ratify a 2016 accord to cut the use of powerful factory-made greenhouse gases, saying the survival of the nation was at risk from climate change. The parliament of the ... See more..
Law360 (subscription) 
Law360, San Francisco (March 15, 2017, 7:40 PM EDT) -- The Marshall Islands asked the Ninth Circuit to revive its case alleging the U.S. has flouted legal obligations under a nuclear disarmament treaty, saying at a hearing Wednesday that as a party to ... See more..
UNM Newsroom 
How did navigators in the Pacific Islands vast distances of ocean without instruments? They used the stars, the sun, birds, and ocean swells as wayfinding signs. The art of using ocean swells and their interactions with land to navigate reached its ... See more..
IISD Reporting Services 
The Republic of the Marshall Islands became the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons. The Kigali Amendment was agreed at MOP 28, which took place in October ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Marshall Islands today marked the 71st anniversary since the United States began its nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946. See more..
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide 
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry's office in Piraeus is the second largest of the RMI Registry's 27 worldwide offices,” said Theo Xenakoudis. See more..
Climate Action Programme 
The Marshall Islands have become the first nation to ratify a global deal to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) See more..
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Geography

Oceania, two archipelagic island chains of 29 atolls, each made up of many small islets, and five single islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and Australia
Area

Total 181 sq km
Land 181 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** the archipelago includes 11,673 sq km of lagoon waters and encompasses the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik
Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November; islands border typhoon belt ;
Natural Resources

coconut products, marine products, deep seabed minerals ;
Natural Hazards

infrequent typhoons
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate supplies of potable water; pollution of Majuro lagoon from household waste and discharges from fishing vessels ;

Demographics

Nationality
Marshallese
Population
69,747 (July 2013 est.)
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US assistance and lease payments for the use of Kwajalein Atoll as a US military base are the mainstay of this small island country. The Marshall Islands received roughly $1 billion in aid from the US during 1986-2001 under the original Compact of Free Association (Compact). In 2002 and 2003, the US and the Marshall Islands renegotiated the Compact's financial package for a 20-year period, from 2004 to 2024. Under the amended Compact, the Marshall Islands will receive roughly $1.5 billion in direct US assistance. Agricultural production, primarily subsistence, is concentrated on small farms; the most important commercial crops are ...See More coconuts and breadfruit. Industry is limited to handicrafts, tuna processing, and copra. Tourism holds some potential. The islands and atolls have few natural resources, and imports exceed exports. Under the amended Compact, the US is also funding, jointly with the Marshall Islands, a Trust Fund for the people of the Marshall Islands that will provide an income stream beyond 2024 when direct Compact aid is to end. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$481.8 million (2012 est.); $472.8 million (2011 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, tomatoes, melons, taro, breadfruit, fruits; pigs, chickens
Industries

copra, tuna processing, tourism, craft items (from seashells, wood, and pearls)