Global Shipping Traffic: Fantastic Animated and Interactive Data Visualization

This is a fantastic detailed animated and interactive data visualization of the world’s Global Shipping Traffic.

ShipMap Global Shipping Traffic Routes

Click here to get to the animated, full-size version

You can see movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012, overlaid on a bathymetric map. You can also see a few statistics such as a counter for emitted CO2 (in thousand tons) and maximum freight carried by represented vessels (varying units).

The merchant fleet is divided into five categories, each of which has a filter and a CO2 and freight counter for the hour shown on the clock. The ship types and units are as follows:

  • Container (e.g. manufactured goods): number of container slots equivalent to 20 feet (i.e. a 40-foot container takes two slots)
  • Dry bulk (e.g. coal, aggregates): combined weight of cargo, fuel, water, provisions, passengers and crew a vessel can carry, measured in thousand tons
  • Tanker (e.g. oil, chemicals): same as dry bulk
  • Gas bulk (e.g. liquefied natural gas): capacity for gases, measured in cubic meters
  • Vehicles (e.g. cars): same as dry bulk

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

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