Location, location, location

Location, location, location — Cuba is surrounded by dense shipping routes, but by far most ships skip its ports.
Although by far most ships are just passing by, Cuba is surrounded by some of the world’s densest shipping routes

By Armando H. Portela

Cuba stands, like a colossal reef, in the middle of one of the densest maritime traffic areas in the world.

There is nothing better than these astonishing maps to visualize the magnitude of the traffic around the island — and how little Cuba is benefitting from it.

The heat-map colors — distributed with a linear structure in tightly packed bundles, ranging from blue to ruby red — represent the frequency of ships passing around the island in any direction.

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