Monday, February 23, 2015

Global Shipping Visualized

My mother sent me a link to this fascinating visualization of global shipping (thanks mum!):

And just for some context, here is a snapshot of global trade since 1950:

Even more context: the first real voyage of a container ship was in 1966 (though the idea was first tested in 1955).  Since then, container shipping has revolutionized the industry and the result can be seen in the two visualizations above.   

UPDATE: @DaveKnowsPDX tweeted me this cool link for real time shipping data. Thanks Dave!

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