Collection

Maritime and shipping statistics

Information and statistics on the maritime sector.

Department for Transport produces the maritime statistics for:

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

An overview of maritime and shipping statistics can be seen within the maritime chapter of the latest Transport statistics Great Britain publication.

Domestic waterborne freight

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.

Produced from a combination of the sources for our ‘port freight statistics’ and an independent survey of inland waterway operators.

Statistics are updated annually.

Ports

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.

Revision of PORT0498 and PORT0499 tables

Since the publication of the 2014 port freight statistics in August 2015, a minor processing error has been discovered. This has affected the port freight figures in tables PORT0498 and PORT0499, particularly the classification of small flows.

This has led to the revision of figures in these tables for the years 2000 to 2014. There has been no impact on or changes to any other table.

At the same time as correcting this processing error, the definition of a small flow was also updated to improve the disclosure control method for small flows.

For more information, please see the port statistics notes and definitions or contact the maritime statistics team.

Sea passengers

Statistics relating to 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

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

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, 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.

Contact us

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.

Maritime and shipping statistics

Publications 2016

  1. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: April to June 2016

    • National Statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: January to March 2016

    • National Statistics
  3. Shipping fleet statistics: 2015

    • Official Statistics
  4. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: January to March 2016

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics factsheet: 2014

    • National Statistics
  6. Port freight statistics: October to December 2015

    • National Statistics
  7. Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics
  8. Seafarer statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics

Publications 2015

  1. Port freight statistics: July to September 2015

    • National Statistics
  2. Domestic waterborne freight: 2014

    • National Statistics
  3. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: July to September 2015

    • National Statistics
  4. Final sea passenger statistics: 2014

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: April to June 2015

    • National Statistics
  6. Port freight statistics: 2014 final figures

    • National Statistics
  7. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: April to June 2015

    • National Statistics
  8. Port freight statistics: January to March 2015

    • National Statistics
  9. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: January to March 2015

    • National Statistics
  10. Port freight statistics: October to December 2014

    • National Statistics
  11. Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2014

    • National Statistics
  12. Shipping fleet statistics: 2014

    • Official Statistics
  13. Seafarer statistics: 2014

    • National Statistics

Publications 2014

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

    • National Statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: July to September 2014

    • National Statistics
  3. Domestic waterborne freight: 2013

    • National Statistics
  4. Final sea passenger statistics: 2013

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: April to June 2014

    • National Statistics
  6. Shipping fleet statistics: 2013

    • Official Statistics
  7. Port freight statistics: January to March 2014

    • National Statistics
  8. Port Freight statistics amendment to publication schedule

    • National Statistics
  9. Port freight statistics: October to December 2013

    • National Statistics
  10. Sea passenger statistics: 2013

    • National Statistics
  11. Seafarer statistics: 2013

    • National Statistics

Publications 2013

  1. Port freight statistics: 2012 final figures

    • National Statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: July to September 2013

    • National Statistics
  3. Port freight statistics: April to June 2013

    • National Statistics
  4. Port freight statistics: provisional annual 2012

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: January to March 2013

    • National Statistics
  6. Port freight statistics: October to December 2012

    • National Statistics
  7. Sea passenger statistics: 2012

    • National Statistics
  8. Seafarer statistics: 2012

    • National Statistics
  9. Shipping fleet statistics: 2012

    • Official Statistics
  10. Sea passenger statistics: 2012 final figures

    • National Statistics
  11. Domestic waterborne freight: 2012

    • National Statistics

Publications 2012

  1. Port freight statistics: 2011 final figures

    • National Statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: July to September 2012

    • National Statistics
  3. Port freight statistics: April to June 2012

    • National Statistics
  4. Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom: 2011

    • National Statistics
  5. Sea passenger statistics 2011

    • National Statistics
  6. Seafarer statistics 2011

    • National Statistics
  7. Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom: 2010

    • National Statistics
  8. Shipping fleet statistics: 2011

    • National Statistics

Data tables

  1. Seafarers active at sea (SFR01)

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

    • Statistical data set
  3. Waterborne transport (DWF01)

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

    • Statistical data set
  5. Coastwise traffic (DWF03)

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  10. UK and crown dependency registered vessels (FLE03)

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  14. All United Kingdom managed vessels (FLE07)

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

    • Statistical data set
  16. Port freight (PORT02)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set