The release provides statistics for passengers on international short sea (ferry) routes and passengers on domestic sea crossings.
Final sea passenger statistics will be published in autumn 2013, including data for passengers on international cruises and long sea journeys and passengers on domestic river crossings and inter-island domestic routes, which are currently not available for 2012.
- In 2012, there were 19.7 million passengers on international short sea routes, a fall of 7% from 2011.
- Thames and Kent ports handled 12.0 million passengers in 2012, continuing their position as the largest port group in terms of passengers handled.
- In 2012, Dover to Calais remained the most popular international passenger route carrying 9.4 million passengers and accounting for 48% of all short sea international passengers.
Information on Sea passenger statistics, including the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation can be found here