This Map Perfectly Illustrates The Importance of Shipping In Today’s World

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September 29, 2016


If you haven’t heard already, today, September 29, 2016, is World Maritime Day, an official UN day of observance for the important role shipping has on the modern world.

We already posted what people are saying about #WorldMaritimeDay online HERE.

Right now there are over 1 million seafarers working on more than 50,000 commercial ships trading across the globe, and it’s estimated that 90% of all goods are transported by ship at sea. That’s almost hard to comprehend. So to get a better understanding of what exactly that looks like, check out this mesmerizing interactive map showing the actual movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over a one year period.

Created by London-based data visualisation studio Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute

The map was created by researchers at UCL Energy Institute together with London-based data visualization and digital journalism studio Kiln.

To create it, they plotted over 250 million AIS data points telling them the location and speed of ships to provide the amazing visualization you see above. The map was actually created to estimate emissions from five different ship types, so along with speed and location the researchers also included characteristics like engine type and hull measurements.  You can read more about the map and why it was created HERE

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