Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300 Percent Since 1992

Shanghai. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic.

The research used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012.

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