The chokepoint, near where Sunday’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker occurred, is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.
The Strait of Malacca, near where 10 U.S. sailors are missing after their vessel, the USS John S. McCain, collided Sunday with an oil tanker, has historically been one of the world’s busiest shipping routes and chokepoints—and growing traffic in the waterway has resulted in recent warnings of the increased risk of accidents.
The strait connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Many of the world’s largest economies, which are now concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, use the channel for trade with the energy-rich Middle East and resource-rich Africa. The strait is one of the world’s busiest: Nearly 100,000 vessels pass through it each year, accounting for about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods.
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