National Statistics

Final sea passenger statistics: 2013

Final statistics for sea passenger movements to and from the UK on international and domestic routes in 2013.

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Final sea passenger statistics: 2013 report

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Final sea passenger statistics: 2013 data tables

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Details

This release updates the provisional data published in February. These statistics include all vehicle drivers, their passengers and foot passengers on ferries.

Main results

In 2013:

  • both international and domestic sea passenger numbers have increased in 2013 to 22.4 million and 43.3 million respectively
  • international sea passenger numbers increased by 5% on the previous year, following 10 years of general decline. Numbers increased across all international journey types: short sea, cruises and long sea voyages
  • cruises have been growing in popularity over the last 30 years, with a total of 1.9 million in 2013. This was 15 times the amount in 1983
  • there were 43.3 million passengers travelling on domestic routes, a 3% increase compared to 2012
  • passenger numbers on domestic sea crossings rose by 3% to 3.6 million. Despite this, passenger figures have been steadily declining over the last decade, with figures for 2013 being 18% lower when compared to 2003

Provisional figures for 2014 will be published in February 2015.

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Published 12 November 2014