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Maritime and shipping statistics

Maritime and shipping statistics information.

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 final annual statistics are published annually in August. The statistics are based mainly on returns from port operators and shipping lines and agents.

Users should note that the ‘Port freight’ publication schedule has been changed. A notice giving the reasons behind this decision has been published.

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.

Technical information

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.

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 for maritime and shipping statistics series.

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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.

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Publications released during 2015

  1. Port freight statistics: January to March 2015

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: October to December 2014

    • 18 March 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2014

    • 25 February 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Shipping fleet statistics: 2014

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistics
  5. Seafarer statistics: 2014

    • 28 January 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2014

  1. Port freight statistics: 2013 final figures (revised)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: July to September 2014

    • 17 December 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Domestic waterborne freight: 2013

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Final sea passenger statistics: 2013

    • 12 November 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: Apr to Jun 2014

    • 17 September 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Shipping fleet statistics: 2013

    • 27 August 2014
    • Statistics
  7. Port freight statistics: Jan to Mar 2014

    • 18 June 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Port Freight statistics amendment to publication schedule

    • 5 June 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Port freight statistics: Oct to Dec Q4 2013

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

    • 26 February 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  11. 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: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • 18 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Port freight statistics: Apr to Jun Q2 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 11 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)

    • 28 January 2015
    • Statistical data set
  2. Seafarers by age (SFR02)

    • 28 January 2015
    • Statistical data set
  3. Waterborne transport (DWF01)

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistical data set
  4. Inland waters traffic and cargo (DWF02)

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistical data set
  5. Coastwise traffic (DWF03)

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistical data set
  6. One port traffic (DWF04)

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistical data set
  7. Coastwise and one port traffic (DWF05)

    • 10 December 2014
    • Statistical data set
  8. Trading fleets and ships (FLE01)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  9. UK owned vessels (FLE02)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  10. UK and crown dependency registered vehicles (FLE03)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  11. Red ensign group registered vessels (FLE04)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  12. World fleet registered vessels (FLE05)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  13. All United Kingdom Group Beneficial Owned vessels (FLE06)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  14. All United Kingdom Managed vessels (FLE07)

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  15. UK ports and traffic (PORT01)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistical data set
  16. Port freight (PORT02)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistical data set
  17. Key port statistics (PORT03)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistical data set
  18. Individual port traffic (PORT04)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistical data set
  19. Traffic, indices and quarterly breakdowns (PORT05)

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistical data set
  20. UK ship arrivals (PORT06)

    • 27 August 2014
    • Statistical data set
  21. Projection of uk certified officers (SFR03)

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

    • 8 July 2015
    • Statistical data set
  23. UK domestic sea passengers (SPAS02)

    • 25 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  24. UK international short sea passengers (SPAS03)

    • 25 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  25. Accompanied passenger vehicles (SPAS04)

    • 12 November 2014
    • Statistical data set
  26. GB international and domestic sea passengers (SPAS05)

    • 12 November 2014
    • Statistical data set