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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.
At the end of 2012 there were:
675 UK direct owned trading vessels, totalling 20.4 million gross tons, or 21.6 million deadweight tons.
845 UK parent owned trading vessels, totalling 25.2 million gross tons and 32.9 million deadweight.
1,151 UK managed trading ships, totalling 47.7 million gross tons or 60.9 million deadweight tons.
the world trading fleet at the end of 2012 consisted of over 55,000 vessels, totalling 1.03 billion gross tons, or 1.6 billion tons deadweight.