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Adapted from Kaluza, P., et al., The complex network of global cargo ship movements, Carl von Ossietzky Universitat, Germany; dataset refers to 2007.
Uploaded on Wednesday 09 Oct 2013
World cargo shipping lanes
The international shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of about 90 per cent of world trade by volume and is vital to the functioning of the global economy. Without shipping, intercontinental trade, the bulk transport of raw materials and the import/export of affordable food and goods would simply not be possible (ICS, 2012).