Grain, clothing, oil, vegetable oil, wine, fruit, meat, fish—most of the goods we need to live—all travel by multiple modes of transportation on journeys around the world. But at some point, 90 percent of those goods end up on a ship—including the railcars, trailers and automobiles that will carry the goods the rest of the way.
In less than two minutes, you see a week’s worth of shipping vessels moving around the globe. The traffic concentrates as ships pass through straits—the Strait of Malacca, between the Malay Peninsula and the Sumatra, for example, sees about a quarter of global trade, reports Quartz.
Shipping volumes have been climbing—up 43 percent over the past decade, Quartz says. The week featured in the video is in early September 2012. If it was made today, the lines would be even brighter, the straits more congested.