Maritime and shipping statistics

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

Port and domestic waterborne freight statistics

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.

Guidance on current and previous port freight and domestic waterborne freight statistics are available.

Sea passenger statistics

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.

Guidance on current and previous sea passenger statistics are available.

  1. Sea passenger statistics 2018: Short sea routes (provisional)
  2. Sea passenger statistics: all routes 2017 (final)
  3. Sea passenger statistics: data tables (SPAS)

Shipping fleet statistics

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.

Guidance on current and previous shipping fleet statistics are available.

  1. Shipping fleet statistics: 2018
  2. Shipping fleet statistics: data tables (FLE)

Seafarer statistics

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.

Guidance on current and previous seafarer statistics are available.

  1. Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry: 2018
  2. Seafarer statistics: data tables (SFR)

About the maritime and shipping data and reports

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.

Published 7 January 2013
Last updated 13 March 2019 + show all updates
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