Where Do The World’s VLCCs Sail?

Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) are huge cargo vessels, with a minimum size of 250,000 dwt. Based on AIS navigation data, in the past quarter over 750 VLCCs (and a handful of ULCCs) were active on AIS, and about 675 were sailing on international trading routes.

Their trading patterns are plotted in the graph below. The width of the ties shows the number of calls. Country pairs with bidirectional connections are depicted in blue. (Trade volumes carried by Suezmaxes, Aframaxes and smaller...


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