World shipping

The map below was created by Kiln Digital. It shows movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012, overlaid on a bathymetric map (indicating the ocean depth). Try turning on the filters at the top of the map to show the location of ports, ship routes etc. You can even turn off the map and see the outline of countries defined only by the shipping routes. Use the zoom function to see some of the major ships that navigated the Thames estuary that year or zoom out to see the entire world at work. 

The Thames as a port was one of the key factors that made London the major city that it is today. Today’s modern ships however come at a price to the environment. The counter at the top of the map shows an approximation of the thousands of tons of C02 emitted as a consequence of ship movement. Always bear in mind before you purchase something where in the world it comes from – could it have been made locally? And always remember the 4Rs: refuse, reuse, repair, recycle.