11 Things You Didn't Know about the Modern Maritime Industry


  1. Maritime is anything (person, place, or thing) that is connected to the sea.

    • For example, deep-sea diving, yachting, and military activity can be a part of maritime.
  2. Shipping overseas drives the world's economy

    • 90% of all goods are transported by ship. Globally we are reliant on imported and exported goods via ship.
  3. Container ships are powerful.

    • Engines in these ships are 1,000 times more powerful than the average car.
  4. The Mediterranean Shipping Company has the largest container ships worldwide.

    • The four sister ships (MSC Oscar, MSC Zoe, MSC Maya, MSC Sveva) can hold up to 19,224 TEU.
  5. Container ships have large capacities.

    • The largest container ship can hold up to 745 million bananas.
  6. Shipping goods by sea is cost-efficient

    • For example, one can of soda ships for a penny!
  7. Shipping goods by sea is better for the environment.

    • CO2 emissions are much higher for air freight transport than that of ocean freight transport. Shipping by air creates a greater carbon fingerprint than cargo shipping by sea.
  8. Shipping by sea is very safe

    • Shipping by sea was one of the first industries to incorporate safety standards. One of its largest advocates is the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  9. Maritime Expressions have influenced the English language

    • “At close quarters," Learning the ropes," and, "high and dry" are just some of the expressions that come from maritime occupations.
  10. World Maritime Day

    • World Maritime Day was established in 1978 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This year it will be celebrated on September 26, 2019.
  11. The Modern Maritime Industry would not be where it is today without advancements in technology.

    • Electrical linear actuators and lifting columns make shipping by sea more efficient each day.


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