Originally Posted by csmithers
One thing that I haven't figured out for the life of me is this: who controls or documents shipping lanes for offshore (non-national open water)? Are there even such things?
This is a blue water
pilot's question. The key words are Ship's Routeing.
You can plug
those words into Google
search and you will find link to IMO (International Maritime Organization), the UN Agency that co-ordinates this worldwide. They publish Ships' Routeing
by the Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organization. IMO states that "Ships Routeing - 7th Edition, 1999 plus 2002 amendnents on CD, is updated when schemes are amended or new ones added".
You can think of it as a modern version of medieval Sailing Rutter. Only PILOTS
are supposed to know about it (shhhh!). Now you are Pilot, too.
It's also available in free digital download from IMO.
Good general map is at Wikipedia "Sea lane".
I'd post links, but I am new member
and this is my tenth post so I can't, until NEXT post