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Shipping Geographies in the Caribbean Maritime Area

Abstract : In 2019, almost 11500 commercial vessels travelled through the Caribbean maritime basin and transited through one of the 300 ports in the sub-region. These frequentations testify to an intense occupation of the maritime space and call for a reflexion on the anthropic pressure on the marine and coastal environments through the vessel. The objective of the maps presented in the poster is to break down this cumulative vision of Caribbean traffic (fig1) and to propose disaggregated representations of the flows, based on the use of data from the coupling between AIS (Automatic Identification System) information and IHS ship identification data. Because not all ships are the same. Depending on their size, age and armament, ships offer very different geographies. And it has to be said that not all ships go together, at the same time, to the same places. The areas frequented by a container ship are not necessarily the same as those of an oil tanker or a cement carrier; an offshore passenger ship does not show the same traces as a cruise ship. In fact, the environmental pressure generated by shipping is certainly global, but there are also strong disparities between the fleets considered. The analysis proposes a differentiated approach to maritime transport in order to better qualify its footprint and to distinguish different areas and levels of vulnerability. All the maps presented correspond to the work carried out in the TRAFIC programme, funded by the Fondation de France (2020-2022), and hosted by the OHM Littoral Caraïbe.
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Eric Foulquier, Iwan Le Berre, Damien Le Guyader, Laurence David. Shipping Geographies in the Caribbean Maritime Area. International Symposium of Labex DRIIHM, Sep 2021, Toulouse, France. 2021, ⟨10.34972/driihm-b7a1fd⟩. ⟨hal-03353374⟩



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