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These 6 maps show just how busy global shipping lanes are

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These maps show just how busy are global maritime routes, and where are the world’s major shipping lanes. Image: Unsplash/Andy Li

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Macro image of Panama Canal's busy shipping lanes
Macro image of Panama Canal's busy shipping lanes Image: Visual Capitalist

Macro image of Strait of Malacca. shipping lanes
The Strait of Malacca shipping lane is the fastest connector between the Pacific and Indian oceans Image: Visual Capitalist

Macro image of the Danish Straits. shipping lanes
The Danish Straits are known to be a major shipping lane for Russian oil exports. Image: Visual Capitalist

Macro image of the Suez Canal. shipping lanes
The Suez Canal is a 120-mile-long artificial waterway runs through Egypt and connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. Image: Visual Capitalist

Macro image of the Strait of Hormuz. shipping lanes
In 2020, the Strait of Hormuz canal transported approximately 18 million barrels of oil every day. Image: Visual Capitalist

Macro image of the English Channel. shipping lanes
Approximately 500 vessels travel through the English Channel each day, making it one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Image: Visual Capitalist


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