UKHO introduced route diagrams alongside tabulated waypoint and route data to help mariners find key information quickly. It has also identified the world’s busiest trade routes for inclusion in the new edition, as well as those that are emerging, using global AIS tracking data.

New route additions include voyages for ships calling at important commodity hubs in the Black Sea and Persian Gulf. The publication also includes new route information for ships travelling to developing or newly established ports in Asia, Africa and South America.

Neil Salter, Miscellaneous Publication Manager at the UKHO, said:

This information will help to give mariners and shore based staff a greater understanding of the world’s busiest trade routes and support efficient passage planning for bridge crews across the globe.

The new edition of Ocean Passages for the World can be seen here.