25 Mind Blowing Facts About The Shipping Industry

For an industry that basically runs the world economy most people know very little about the enormous complex that touches almost every single thing you use. From the chair you are sitting on to the yogurt you’re eating to the steering wheel in you car, all those things were made possible thanks to an industry that has been operating since man learned to float. Recently a great book came out titled Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George that talked about these 25 mind blowing facts about the shipping industry.

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No Service

No Service

Around two-thirds of ship crews in the world have no means of communication while they are on the open sea. Only about 1 in 10 will have freely available Internet.

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Pirates

Pirates

In 2010, Somali pirates were holding 544 seafarers hostage. Every year, more than 2,000 sailors die at sea, and an incredible two ships are lost every day. In 2012, the attack rates on seafarers was higher than the number of violent crimes in South Africa, the highest-crime nation on Earth.


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A Long Journey

A Long Journey

A container ship travels the equivalent of three-quarters of the way to the moon and back in one year during its regular travel across the oceans.

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Expensive Ships

Expensive Ships

The largest ships can cost over 200 million dollars to build.


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Seafarer Demographics

Seafarer Demographics

Females constitute only about 2% of seafarers. People from the Philippines make up more than a third of all crews worldwide, with nearly a quarter million at sea.



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