Grade 12 – Maritime Economics

December 1, 2016

English Channel and the Straits of Dover

English Channel and the Straits of Dover link the North Sea (and therefore the entire east coast of Britain, the ports of western Europe and the Baltic Sea) and the rest of the world. It narrows to about 20 nautical miles between the British port of Dover and Calais in […]
December 1, 2016

Panama Canal

Panama Canal links the Caribbean Sea (and therefore with countries bordering the entire Atlantic Ocean, including Europe and North America) with the Pacific Ocean (and therefore with countries bordering that ocean, including the huge shipping market of Asia.) The Canal begins on the Caribbean Sea side at Colon. Ships then […]
December 1, 2016

Cape Agulhas Route

Cape Agulhas Route links Asia, India, Australia and the Arabian Gulf to South America, West Africa, while South Africa-bound ships also pass the Cape. Important cargoes that pass Cape Agulhas – Containers, oil, oil products; grain; minerals, steel Times when Cape Agulhas was in the news – Prior to the […]
December 1, 2016

Straits of Hormuz

Straits of Hormuz link the oil-rich Arabian Gulf with the rest of the world. Through these straits pass most of the world’s crude oil and the tankers head for most major oil-importing countries. Important cargoes that pass through the Straits of Hormuz: Crude oil and oil products; grain (because, the […]
December 1, 2016

Straits of Malacca

Straits of Malacca link Asia to the Indian Ocean, and therefore to the Indian sub-continent, Arabian Gulf, Africa and, via the Suez Canal, to Europe. This is the world’s busiest trade route, linking three of the largest industrial areas (China-Korea-Japan, India and western Europe) with each other. At the southern […]