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Maritime and shipping statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to maritime and shipping statistics.

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The Department for Transport produces a range of statistics relating to the maritime sector within the areas of:

  • domestic waterborne freight
  • ports
  • sea passengers
  • shipping fleets
  • seafarers

Further information on each of these topics is given below.

Domestic waterborne freight

This series provides statistics on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport. This covers inland waters traffic, traffic carried around the UK coast, one-port traffic to and from offshore installations and sea dredging.

The statistics are produced from a combination of the sources for our ‘Port Freight Statistics’ and an independent survey of inland waterway operators. These statistics are updated annually.

Ports

This series provides statistics on freight handled by UK sea ports.

Provisional statistics on freight handled by major UK ports are published quarterly and key annual statistics are updated on a provisional basis in June. The statistics are based mainly on returns from port operators and shipping lines and agents.

Sea passengers

This series provides statistics relating to Sea passengers, including international and domestic passenger traffic handled at UK ports. Data are published annually, except for International short sea (ferry) passenger totals which are updated monthly in table SPAS0107.

Shipping fleets

This series provides statistics relating to UK and world shipping fleets.

Statistics are produced annually, based mainly on DfT analysis of world fleet data provided commercially by IHS Global. Since they are derived from a commercial source, the statistics are not considered to be National Statistics, but they are considered to be of good quality.

Seafarers

This series provides annual statistics relating to the estimated number of UK seafarers, including some statistics on non-UK seafarers, qualified to serve on UK registered vessels, and indicative projections of the future number of UK certificated officers.

Statistics are updated annually and based on a combination of administrative sources and industry surveys.

Contact us

Maritime and shipping statistics enquiries

Technical information

Guide to Maritime Statistics

User feedback

We continuously review the content of these statistics to ensure they are meeting users’ needs. We welcome any feedback on these statistics via our user feedback form

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series, apart from shipping fleet statistics, are National Statistics. The maritime and shipping statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

Assessment report
Letter of confirmation as national statistics

Since the shipping fleet statistics are derived from a commercial source outside of the Department for Transport’s control, the statistics are not classed as National Statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Pre-release access list for maritime and shipping statistics series

Publications released during 2014

  1. Port freight statistics: Oct to Dec Q4 2013

    • 12 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Sea Passenger Statistics: 2013

    • 26 February 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Seafarer statistics: 2013

    • 29 January 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. Port freight statistics: 2012 final figures

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: Apr to Jun Q2 2013

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Port freight statistics: provisional annual 2012

    • 26 June 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Port freight statistics: quarter 1 2013

    • 19 June 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: quarter 4 2012

    • 14 March 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Sea passenger statistics: 2012

    • 28 February 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Maritime factsheet

    • 1 February 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Seafarer statistics: 2012

    • 31 January 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Shipping fleet statistics: 2012

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistics
  10. Sea passenger statistics: 2012 final figures

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  11. Domestic waterborne freight: 2012

    • 11 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  12. Port freight statistics: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • 18 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Port freight statistics: 2011 final figures

    • 20 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: quarter 3 2012

    • 13 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Port freight statistics: quarter 2 2012

    • 13 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom: 2011

    • 6 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Sea passenger statistics 2011

    • 23 February 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Seafarer statistics 2011

    • 26 January 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom: 2010

    • 26 January 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Shipping fleet statistics: 2011

    • 20 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Seafarers active at sea (SFR01)

    • 29 January 2014
    • Statistical data set
  2. Seafarers by age (SFR02)

    • 29 January 2014
    • Statistical data set
  3. Waterborne transport (DWF01)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  4. Inland waters traffic and cargo (DWF02)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  5. Coastwise traffic (DWF03)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  6. One port traffic (DWF04)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  7. Inland waters traffic, Coastwise traffic and One port - traffic employment and grants (DWF05)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  8. Trading fleets and ships (FLE01)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  9. UK owned vessels (FLE02)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  10. UK and crown dependency registered vehicles (FLE03)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  11. Red ensign group registered vessels (FLE04)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  12. World fleet registered vessels (FLE05)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  13. All United Kingdom Group Beneficial Owned vessels (FLE06)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  14. All United Kingdom Managed vessels (FLE07)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  15. UK ports and traffic (PORT01)

    • 26 June 2013
    • Statistical data set
  16. Port freight (PORT02)

    • 26 June 2013
    • Statistical data set
  17. Key port statistics (PORT03)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  18. Individual port traffic (PORT04)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  19. Traffic, indices and quarterly breakdowns (PORT05)

    • 18 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  20. UK ship arrivals (PORT06)

    • 25 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  21. Projection of uk certified officers (SFR03)

    • 10 November 2012
    • Statistical data set
  22. UK international sea passengers (SPAS01)

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statistical data set
  23. UK domestic sea passengers (SPAS02)

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistical data set
  24. UK international short sea passengers (SPAS03)

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistical data set
  25. Accompanied passenger vehicles (SPAS04)

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistical data set
  26. GB international and domestic sea passengers (SPAS05)

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistical data set

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