The Northwest Seaport Alliance recently announced that imports in June reached their highest levels since 2010 at 144,491 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). That figure represents an 8.8 percent increase over June of 2017 -- a number that was 14 percent more from the prior year volumes.
As more and more ships deliver goods across the globe, it’s not surprising that the international shipping industry carries around 90% of world trade, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. And that’s not all!
Here are a few facts that can help you understand how much shipping shipping ships really do.
There are over 50,000 internationally trading merchant ships traveling the world’s waters, transporting every type of cargo.
There are more than 150 nations registered in the world fleet.
More than 1 million seafarers man the world fleet.
The containers’ quantity of goods has risen from about 100 million metric tons in 1980 to around 1.7 billion metric tons in 2015,
You also need to consider the fact that ships have increased their capacity. In the 36-year period between 1980 and 2016, container ships’ deadweight tonnage has grown by about 233 million metric tons -- from around 11 million metric tons to about 244 million metric tons.
According to Statista, the global cellular container ship fleet could carry around 20 million standard containers, as of July 2016.
So how much shipping does the world do?