Does anyone know if global shipping routes for free download (preferably ESRI shapefile) exist? I would need them for my research only as a background presentation on the world image. They can be rough presentation, I would need something like this: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?layers=12c0789207e64714b9545ad30fca1633&useExisting=1

I have already tried the link of Global Shipping Lane Network from Oak Ridge National Labs (mentioned in this post What are the existing datasets of world maritime routes?), but the link does not function anymore.

  • What have you already tried? A search for 'Global shipping routes GIS' returns several results...including arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=89035d71182d4079ae8090eadf9db8a2
    – MaryBeth
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:16
  • I have tried to download this one already, but its is only for Californian coast (see comments on this link). I did the research before asking, but can not find anything relevant. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:19
  • I know that Lloyds List (lloydslist.com/ll) offer historic shipping routes back until the 18th century. I'm not sure whether they're available for nowadays. Maybe lloydslist.com/ll/topic/data-hub would be a starting point, howver, the links behind the data hub are currently not available. Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 7:30
  • @Ursulka Siete Where you successful in your search? I only managed to find some historical shipping data (as in 200 years old).
    – Enzo
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 12:06
  • @Enzo No, nothing new since than. My idea was to make a map of a certain area with shipping rooutes as a background, but as i didn't get any data I abandoned the idea. Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 7:43

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