8 Interesting Facts About The Shipping Industry

It is a fact that everything we buy from stores and shops arrives on vessels – from the phone or computer, you’re using to read this article to the chair you’re sitting on. That’s because around 90% of the world’s goods are carried by the shipping industry.

This isn’t just a coincidence either. Shipping using ocean freight is the most affordable, safest, and most environmentally-friendly form of transport. So no wonder it is such a prevailing industry in the world.

Even though shipping is one of the oldest ways of transporting goods globally, people still know so little about it. So here are some interesting facts about the shipping industry:

8 Facts About The Shipping Industry

  1. The largest ship in the world can store up to 18,000 containers – the equivalent of more than 745 million bananas.
  2. The engine of a container packs 1,000 times more power than an average car. However, a large container ship travels at around 40 kilometers per hour.
  3. Most of the world’s commodities (around 90%) of all goods are carried by the shipping industry.
  4. A single container ship travels an average of 288,300 kilometers per year – equivalent to 75% of the distance to the moon.
  5. The countries with the biggest fleets are Germany, Japan, and Greece.
  6. Close to 33% of ship crews around the world don’t have a means of communication when on the seas. And only around 10% have any internet access.
  7. There are around 1.5 million seafarers in the world employed by the shipping industry.
  8. There are currently only around 2% female seafarers.

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