Shipping transport is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo. The term shipping originally referred to transport by sea, but is extended in American English to refer to transport by land or air (International English: "carriage") as well. "Logistics", a term borrowed from the military environment, is also fashionably used in the same sense.
1. Shipping and World Trade
Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible.
2. Safety and Regulation
Shipping is the safest and most environmentally benign form of commercial transport. Perhaps uniquely amongst industries involving physical risk, commitment to safety has long pervaded virtually all deep sea shipping operations.
3. Environmental Performance
Shipping is the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport and, compared with land based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities.
4. Somali Pirates
In 2010, Somali pirates captured a ship and were holding 544 seafarers hostage. Every year, more than 2,000 sailors die at sea around the world, and an two ships are lost every day in the sea. In 2012, the total numbers of attacks on seafarers was higher than the number of violent crimes in South Africa which is the highest-crime nation on Earth. The pirates are the biggest problem for the shipping industry since its beginning.
5. Ships Are Very Expensive
In March 2010, the average price for a geared 500-ton container ship was $10 million, while gearless ships of 6,500 and 12,000 TEU averaged prices of $74 million and $105 million respectively.
6. One of the largest employer in the World
There are roughly around 1.5 million people that are employed all over the world in the global shipping industry.
7. A Shipping Container for Every Purpose
It is possible to find a suitable shipping container to transport your cargo, no matter what your cargo may be. A shipping container allows you to transport cargo to any place in the world at a very cost effective price.
8. More than 55,000 merchant ships
There are more than 55,000 merchant ships operating internationally and transporting every kind of cargo.
9. Natural Necessity
In 2011 alone the commercial ports of the United States of America received goods from different countries worth $1.73 trillion. The U.S. also relies on shipping for its two-thirds of oil supply.