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 are now included in the annual Port freight release. These cover 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, shipping lines and agents, and an independent survey of inland waterway operators.
Number of passengers on vessels are available in the sea passenger data collection.
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.
Passenger vehicle numbers are available in the port freight data collection. See data tables with a cargo breakdown for this information (e.g. tables PORT0201 to PORT0203).
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.
The 2020 publication of the report on seafarers in the UK industry has been delayed to February 2021. This is so that the publication can incorporate methodological improvements to adjust for changes in data coverage in one of the main data sources. Adjusting for non-response in the annual Seafarer Employment Survey conducted by the UK Chamber of Shipping will allow more robust comparisons of year-on-year seafarers trends.
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.