Port freight covers freight handled by all UK sea ports. Provisional figures are published quarterly and final annual statistics are published in August.
Domestic waterborne freight, also published in August, covers inland waters traffic, traffic carried around the UK coast, one-port traffic to and from offshore installations and sea dredging. The statistics are based mainly on returns from port operators and shipping lines and agents and an independent survey of inland waterway operators.
As of September 2018, we no longer produce a PDF summary for the quarterly port freight figures. We will still continue to produce tables on a quarterly basis as outlined in the user feedback exercise in March 2018. If you have any comments or would like to discuss this with us, please contact us.
Statistics relating to international and domestic passenger traffic handled at UK ports. Data is published annually, except for international short sea (ferry) passenger totals which are updated monthly in Table SPAS0107.
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.
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.
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.