Finding the Shipping Center of the World, in Graphical Form

Fascinating new paper out using rich data to model global shipping, the most traveled routes, and the most central ports. The North Atlantic is trafficked like the 405 in Los Angeles at around 8am on a weekday. And the most central port? The Panama Canal, and there isare only onetwo U.S. ports – Houston and Plaquemines – in the top ten. (As a related aside, I’ll confess I had no idea where ports 6,8, and 10 were without checking a map.)

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Pablo Kaluza et al., “The complex network of global cargo ship movements,” 1001.2172 (January 13, 2010),