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Strait of

 (strāt) or Straits of (strāts)
For names of actual straits, see the specific element of the name; for example, Juan de Fuca, Strait of; Florida, Straits of.
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This rampart is pierced by several sally-ports for the convenience of ships and whales; conspicuous among which are the straits of Sunda and Malacca.
Now, as many Sperm Whales had been captured off the western coast of Java, in the near vicinity of the straits of Sunda; indeed, as most of the ground, roundabout, was generally recognised by the fishermen as an excellent spot for cruising; therefore, as the Pequod gained more and more upon Java Head, the look-outs were repeatedly hailed, and admonished to keep wide awake.
I had before me the excellent charts of the Straits of Torres, and I consulted them attentively.
Yet the good ship ploughed straight on, unretarded by wind or wave, towards the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb.
This place he presumed would be somewhere about the Straits of Annian, at which point he supposed the Oregon disembogued itself.
Within the hour we were fairly within the Straits of Gibraltar, the tall yellow-splotched hills of Africa on our right, with their bases veiled in a blue haze and their summits swathed in clouds--the same being according to Scripture, which says that "clouds and darkness are over the land." The words were spoken of this particular portion of Africa, I believe.
The potential blockage of the Straits of Hormuz by Iran in the ongoing geopolitical tension with the US and other Gulf countries will have lesser impact on the UAE and Saudi Arabia, global ratings agency Moody's Investors Service said on Monday.
He added: "As the shipments of oil and goods belonging to Iran and other countries across this strait, and Iranian officials have stressed that if anyone wants to destabilize his security, we will face it." "This does not mean closing the Strait of Hormuz, and Iran does not want to do so unless the practices of the enemy reach an extent that we are forced to do and we are capable of doing so, which is what the enemy knows." He explained that the American naval vessels that cross the Straits of Hormuz have to provide clarifications to the Revolutionary Guard because it is responsible for securing it and the Americans continued in this approach until yesterday and we did not notice any change in their behavior in the Strait of Hormuz./ End
Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second chokepoint on the world's oil supply," he said.
In 2011, 49,798 ships used 30 kilometer-long Istanbul Strait which is one of the most important and also dangerous straits of the world connecting Black Sea and Marmara Sea, while 45,379 ships used Canakkale Strait which is 60 kilometers.
"The Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline route has relieved the tanker traffic in the straits of 50 million tons of oil annually," said Turkey's energy minister, adding that if this route had not been built, there would be 24 or 25 tankers passing through the straits each day instead of 20.