This publication provides information on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport.
This publication provides information on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport. The statistics cover inland waters traffic, traffic carried around the UK coast, one-port traffic to and from offshore installations and sea dredging. These statistics are updated annually.
The report covers the following issues:
- Over the decade to 2010, goods lifted on UK waters fell by 23% and goods moved fell by 37%, but there were fluctuations up until 2005 for both goods moved and lifted. Since 2009, goods lifted and goods moved have fallen by 3 and 13% respectively and have declined since 2008 by 14 and 15% respectively.
- In 2010, 71% of goods moved on UK domestic waters was traffic around the coast; 26% was one-port traffic (to or from offshore installations, or dredged materials) and 3% was inland waters traffic (including both non-seagoing traffic and seagoing traffic crossing into inland waters).
- Since 2000, coastwise traffic has fallen by 18% in terms of goods moved. In 2010, coastwise traffic fell by 14% compared with 2009.
- One-port traffic has fallen by 64% in the decade since 2000 in terms of goods moved. Traffic for 2010 was 15% lower than in 2009.
- In the decade since 2000, inland waters traffic has fallen by 18%. However, at 1.4 billion tonne-kilometres, inland waters traffic is 7% higher than in 2009.
- Crude petroleum and petroleum products were the main type of cargo moved in 2010, accounting for 67% of all waterborne freight moved.
- The River Thames was the busiest of the major inland waterways, with 0.55 billion tonne-kilometres of goods moved (40% of inland waters total) in 2010. This was followed by the River Forth and the River Humber (both at 0.17 billion tonne-kilometres).
Information on Domestic Waterborne Freight statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation is available.
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