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Maritime statistics includes freight and passenger traffic at UK ports and freight traffic on UK inland waters, including UK-registered and UK-owned ships and the world fleet. Information is also available on the number of UK seafarers and port-related employment in the UK.

Publications

International Sea Passengers Bulletin
Department: Transport
Monthly table presenting information on UK international and domestic sea passengers.
Maritime Statistics
Department: Transport
Annual report containing detailed final figures on UK port traffic, as well as the UK and world shipping fleets.
Northern Ireland Ports Survey
Department: Enterprise, Trade and Investment (Northern Ireland)
Traffic at Northern Ireland Ports.
Northern Ireland Ports Survey
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Traffic at Northern Ireland Ports.
Port Employment and Accident Rates
Department: Transport
Results of a survey of UK seaports employment abd accidents
Port Freight Statistics Quarterly
Department: Transport
Quarterly statistics on freight handled at UK Ports
Provisional Port Statistics
Department: Welsh Assembly Government
Provisional quarterly statistics on freight handled at UK ports.
Provisional Port Statistics
Department: Transport
Publication including preliminary annual statistics on freight traffic handled at UK ports.
Sea Passenger Bulletin
Department: Transport
Annual bulletin presenting information on UK international and domestic sea passengers.
Sea Transport in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Bulletin covers topics such as ship arrivals, foreign and domestic traffic and cargo.
Travel Survey for Northern Ireland
Department: Regional Development (Northern Ireland)
The publication contains data on trends in personal travel, how people travel, why people travel and other factors affecting travel.
UK Seafarer Statistics
Department: Transport
Annual report presenting information regarding the numbers, age profiles and qualification distributions of UK Seafarers.
Waterborne Freight in the United Kingdom
Department: Transport
Presents information on freight traffic moved within the UK by water transport.

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Overview

Maritime statistics cover the following:

  • Ports: total annual foreign and domestic freight traffic at all UK ports, with detailed statistics on cargo types and routes for all major ports in the UK (generally those handling over one million tonnes every year)

  • Passengers: annual international and domestic passenger traffic at UK ports, and monthly international sea passenger information

  • Waterborne freight in the UK: this includes freight traffic around the coast of the UK, on inland waterways, and one-port traffic (to and from UK offshore installations and sea dredged materials)

  • Shipping: end year statistics on the numbers and tonnage of ships registered in the UK, ships owned by UK companies, and ships in the world fleet. Plus, tables on revenue and expenditure of UK shipping, ship prices, accidents and search and rescue operations

  • UK Seafarer Statistics: presents information regarding the numbers, age profiles, and qualification distributions of UK Seafarers, and

  • Port Employment and Accident Rates: Occasional surveys into port employment and accident rates

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Technical Data

Information is collected as follows:

  • Port traffic information is collected by the Department for Transport (DfT) from ports and shipping lines or agents through a statutory survey. The information relates to all cargoes loaded or unloaded by ship at ports in the UK

  • Sea passengers statistics (the number of passenger arrivals and departures at UK ports and associated number of sailings, by route) are collected by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Scottish Executive from UK ferry operators

  • Waterborne freight in the United Kingdomcombines Department for Transport (DfT) port traffic statistics with data from surveys of barge operators. In addition, occasional benchmark surveys are carried out giving details of the commercial inland waterway network and associated wharves and craft

  • Statistics on shipping fleets are in general derived from world fleet data supplied by Lloyds Register Fairplay, and fall outside the scope of National Statistics

  • UK Seafarer Statistics is based on information provided from the following three sources:
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    • UK Chamber of Shipping
    • Merchant Navy Training Board
  • Port Employment and Accident Rates is compiled from occasional surveys of port employment and accident rates

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Glossary

  • Container

    Special boxes for carrying freight designed to allow cargos to be transferred easily from one mode of transport to another without unloading. They are built to standard designs and are capable of stacking and repeated use.

  • Maritime

    Maritime means relating to ships and shipping, or seafarers, including the carriage of goods or passengers by sea and ports.

  • Port

    A port is a facility for receiving ships and transferring cargo and or sea passengers.

  • Ro-Ro

    Ro-Ro refers to roll on roll off sea craft or their cargo.

  • Waterborne freight

    Waterborne freight covers freight traffic that is moved by sea, river or canal.

  • Wharf

    A wharf is a landing place or pier where ships may tie up and load or unload.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Maritime Statistics Branch

Email: maritime.stats@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7944 3087

Maritime Statistics Branch, ISE Statistics Department for Transport 2/27 Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR

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