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Maritime and shipping statistics

Statistics and data about ports, shipping, sea passengers, waterborne freight and seafarers.

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.

The department is currently reviewing the methods used to produce the domestic waterborne freight statistics series. The changes made will impact the next statistical publication in December 2017.

The notes to users document sets out proposed changes to the existing statistics, where we would be interested to hear views of users.

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.

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.

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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.

Maritime and shipping statistics

Published in 2018

  1. Port freight statistics: January to March 2018

    • National Statistics
  2. Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2017

    • National Statistics
  3. Shipping fleet statistics: 2017

    • Official Statistics
  4. Port freight statistics: October to December 2017

    • National Statistics
  5. Sea passenger statistics 2017: Short sea routes (provisional)

    • National Statistics

Published in 2017

  1. Domestic waterborne freight: 2016

    • National Statistics
  2. Port freight statistics: July to September 2017

    • National Statistics
  3. Final sea passenger statistics: 2016

    • National Statistics
  4. Port freight statistics: April to June 2017

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: 2016 final figures (revised)

    • National Statistics
  6. Port freight statistics: January to March 2017

    • National Statistics
  7. Shipping fleet statistics: 2016

    • Official Statistics
  8. Port freight statistics: October to December 2016

    • National Statistics
  9. Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2016

    • National Statistics
  10. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: October to December 2016

    • National Statistics
  11. Seafarer statistics: 2016

    • National Statistics

Published in 2016

  1. Port freight statistics: July to September 2016

    • National Statistics
  2. Domestic waterborne freight: 2015 (revised)

    • National Statistics
  3. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: July to September 2016

    • National Statistics
  4. Final sea passenger statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics
  5. Port freight statistics: 2015 final figures

    • National Statistics
  6. Port freight statistics factsheet

    • National Statistics
  7. Port freight statistics: April to June 2016

    • National Statistics
  8. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: April to June 2016

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

    • National Statistics
  10. Shipping fleet statistics: 2015

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

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

    • National Statistics
  13. Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics
  14. Seafarer statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics

Published in 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

Published in 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

Published in 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

Published in 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. Waterborne transport (DWF01)

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

    • Statistical data set
  3. Coastwise traffic (DWF03)

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  6. Seafarer statistics (SFR)

    • Statistical data set
  7. Shipping fleet statistics (FLE)

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

    • Statistical data set
  9. Port freight (PORT02)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  18. International and domestic sea passengers (SPAS05)

    • Statistical data set
Published 7 January 2013
Last updated 13 June 2018 + show all updates
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