Maritime Chokepoints: Capacity, Limitations and Threats

Maritime Chokepoints: Capacity, Limitations and Threats

The maritime circulation capacity mainly dictated by the chokepoints does not leave much additional room to accommodate growth, although there is significant room to manage more effectively their use. Still, these geographical constraints cannot be easily bypassed and will be a significant factor in the security of global freight distribution. Occasionally, the dependency of the global economy on their use is underlined with the unfolding of geopolitical events. The Strait of Hormuz has particularly been the object of recurring contentions since it is linked to the strategic supply of oil.