What are international straits?
International shipping straits are narrow passages through water that allow ships to pass from one body of water to another. They’re often used as a shortcut, as they can be more direct than going around a landmass by traveling through the strait instead of around it. Many of them are also used for shipping routes.
Examples of international straits
Here are some strait examples:
The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea and is one of the most important international shipping straits in the world. It’s located between Iran and Oman, and it’s used by many countries for their oil exports. In 2017, around 17 million barrels were shipped through this strait every day.
The Strait of Malacca connects the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea and is another important international shipping strait. It’s located between Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei on one side and Indonesia on the other side (the Indonesian side). In 2017, around 23 million barrels were shipped through this strait every day (more than twice as much as in 2010).
Other strait examples includes:
The Strait of Gibraltar (between Spain and Morocco)
The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (between Yemen and Djibouti)
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