|Cargo ship Merle in Øresund.|
Merle is registered in Palau, a country it has most likely never visited:
Palau (sometimes spelled Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands.