Review of Maritime Transport 2011

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More than 80 per cent of international trade in goods is carried by sea and an even higher percentage of developing-country trade is carried in ships. The Review of Maritime Transport, an annual publication prepared by the Division on Technology and Logistics of the UNCTAD secretariat, is an important source of information on a vital sector. It closely monitors developments affecting world seaborne trade, freight rates, ports, surface transport and logistics services, as well as trends in ship ownership control and fleet age, tonnage supply and productivity. The review contains information on legal and regulatory developments and includes an in depth focus annually on a selected topic. In 2011, the participation of developing countries in maritime businesses is highlighted.

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Vessel groupings used in the Review of Maritime Transport

As in the previous year’s Review, five vessel groupings have been used throughout most shipping tables in this year’s edition. The cut-off point for all tables, based on data from Lloyd’s Register – Fairplay, is 100 gross tons (GT), except those tables dealing with ownership, where the cut-off level is 1,000 GT. The groups aggregate 20 principal types of vessel category, as noted below.

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