9 Fun Facts About Boating and Maritime

9 Fun Facts About Boating and Maritime

Harriet Harvey25th September 2018

Whether you a seasoned boatie or a wannabe boatie we have something new for you to learn today!

1. Shipping drives the World’s Economy

While many other transport industries are growing, many people all over the world still rely on ships for imports and exports. The industry’s estimated value in 2018 is $23.2 Trillion with approximately 90% of all goods being transported by ship.

2. Shipping is the “Greenest” form of Mass Transport

Shipping requires far less energy than moving goods by truck or aeroplane and is therefore “Greener” when considering greenhouse gas emissions. Sending a container from Shanghai to Le Havre (France) emits fewer greenhouse gases than the truck that takes the container on to Lyon.

3. Pirates are Prevalent

The rates of attacks on seafarers is still surprisingly high. In February 2018 the MT Leopard Sun was fired upon by two skiffs 160 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

4. The Oceans are Bigger than you think

We already know that 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans but did you know?…..A container ship travels the equivalent of three-quarters of the way to the moon and back in one year during its regular travel across the oceans.

5. Ships can Camouflage

During WW2, a Dutch warship was disguised as a tropical island to escape detection by the Japanese. It was the only ship of its class to survive.

6. Boating can be Dangerous

In a period of 18 months, over 343 incidents were reported and 60% of those incidents occurred within the first two hours of the trip.

7. Australians really like Boats

The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that boat ownership in Australia has risen by nearly half a million people since 2012. This is likely due to the large coastal areas that Australians have access to, yet the data shows that 1 in every 3 Australians owns a boat or lives in a household that own a boat.

8. The first boat ever made is over 10,000 years old.

The oldest recovered boat in the world, the Pesse canoe, found in the Netherlands, is a dugout made from the hollowed tree trunk that was built somewhere between 8200 and 7600 BC.

9. The Ocean is Full of Plastic

Around 8 million items of litter enter the marine environment every day. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans could weigh more than the entire fish population.


We hope you enjoyed these fun facts and that you have learned something new today.

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