Statistics on freight moved within the United Kingdom by water transport in 2012.
The main findings for 2012 include:
- goods lifted for all domestic waterborne freight fell for the seventh year to 95.6 million tonnes, an 8% annual decrease.
- the total amount of goods moved fell by 19% to 35.0 billion tonne-kilometres.
- coastwise traffic fell to 42.6 million tonnes lifted and 23.6 billion tonne-kilometres moved.
- due to the decline in coastwise traffic, UK inland waterway traffic was the biggest component of domestic waterborne freight for the first time in the last decade, in terms of goods lifted.
Domestic waterborne freight consists of:
- inland waters traffic carried by barge or sea going vessels on the inland waterways network (rivers and canals).
- coastwise traffic carried around the coast from one UK port to another.
- one-port traffic to and from offshore locations – such as oil rigs – and sea dredging.
These statistics are updated annually.
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