Lesson 305 – Maritime routes & remmitances

Maritime routes: a world connected

Today’s economy works thanks to the non-stop trade routes that cross the oceans. Compared to the air transport (planes) and the land transport (trucks and trains), maritime transport allows companies to move a larger amount of products. From fishing ships to oil tankers, the seas are full of trade routes that connect the producing areas with the consuming areas.

This GIF image shows mapping of the routes took by different types of maritime transport:

  • cargo vessels (ships that transport goods and products)
  • tankers (big ships that carry petroleum or other liquid resource)
  • container ships (big ships that transport 20-foot-long containers)
  • gas carriers (ships carrying gas)
  • passenger ships (vehicles for transportation of people)
  • tugboats (small -but powerful- vessels used to move other ships)
  • pleasure travels (cruises and other types of tourism-oriented ships)
  • fishing vessels (ships used to catch fish)

Remittances: working for the family

Remittances are the money that immigrants send back to their home country. This economic flow is very important, as millions of migrants work and live abroad their countries. They usually migrate from countries in the Periphery to others in the Core, that is, from Latin America, Africa or Asia to North America, Europe or Oceania. Thousands of Indians live and work in Australia, and because of their higher salaries there, they can send some money back to India. The same happens to Chinese workers in the US, to Pakistanis in Qatar and to Nigerians in the UK.

A Global Market




➡️ El transporte marítimo

➡️ Migraciones y geografía económica

➡️ La deslocalización empresarial

➡️ Enclaves estratégicos para el comercio global

Possible exam questions

Possible question 1

What types of maritime routes exist? What kind of ships are used to transport oil?

Possible question 2

What are remittances? From where to where do they flow and why?

Possible question 3

Why are container ships so important? Where do they carry their load?