National Statistics

Shipping fleet statistics: 2011

This publication presents summary statistics on UK and world shipping fleets, updated annually.


Shipping fleet statistics: 2011

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This publication presents summary statistics on UK and world shipping fleets, updated annually. Data are generally updated simultaneously with releases in the port freight statistics series.

Key points

  • There were 730 UK owned trading vessels, totalling 20.5 million gross tons, or 22.5 million deadweight tons. Of these 730 vessels, 162 were tankers, 140 were ro-ro vessels, 114 were container ships and 78 were bulk carriers.
  • 930 trading vessels were UK parent owned, totalling 27.2 million gross tons and 35.2 million deadweight.
  • 1,228 trading ships were UK managed, totalling 49.4 million gross tons or 63.8 million deadweight tons.
  • All three of these fleets, as well as the UK Registered fleet, have grown substantially over the previous decade. However, growth has generally levelled off over the last 2-3 years, and the size of the UK parent owned fleet declined after 2008, although it partly recovered in 2011.
  • The world trading fleet at the end of 2011 consisted of over 55,000 vessels, totalling 983 million gross tons, or 1.47 billion tons deadweight.

Technical information

Information on shipping fleet statistics, including the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation can be found here.

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Published 20 September 2012