Shipping Routes
Layer Info
Category Shipping
Editable Yes
DataOwner Estimations & data fragments
Ferry Route
Shipping Route
Deep Water Route


A sea lane, sea road or shipping lane is a regularly used route for vessels on oceans and large lakes. Sea lanes are very important for trade by sea.

MSP Challenge

The Shipping Routes layer is a static data layer. Shipping Routes are point-by-point lines that you can draw in, edit or remove when making a plan.

The shipping simulation takes drawn-in Shipping Routes into account in its month-by-month calculation of where the ships go when travelling from port to port.

Safety measures

Routing North Sea NorthSEE.png

Poster safe shipping NorthSEE draft.png

Key legal and institutional frameworks

Freedom of navigation (FON) is a principle of customary international law that ships flying the flag of any sovereign state shall not suffer interference from other states, apart from the exceptions provided for in international law. This right is now also codified as article 87(1)a of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Law of the Sea Convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world's oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the management of marine natural resources.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. The IMO was established in Geneva in 1948 and came into force ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the IMO currently has 173 Member States and three Associate Members. The IMO's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.


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