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Maritime and shipping statistics

Department for Transport produces the maritime statistics for:

-domestic waterborne freight
-ports
-sea passengers
-shipping fleets
-seafarers

An overview of maritime and shipping statistics can be seen within the maritime chapter of the latest Transport statistics Great Britain publication.

Domestic waterborne freight

Statistics on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport. This covers inland waters traffic, traffic carried around the UKcoast, one-port traffic to and from offshore installations and sea dredging.

Produced from a combination of the sources for our ‘port freight statistics’ and an independent survey of inland waterway operators.

Statistics are updated annually.

Ports

Statistics on freight handled by UK sea ports.

Provisional statistics on freight handled by major UK ports are published quarterly and final annual statistics are published annually in August. The statistics are based mainly on returns from port operators and shipping lines and agents.

Users should note that the ‘port freight’ publication schedule has been changed

Revision of PORT0498 and PORT0499 tables

Since the publication of the 2014 port freight statistics in August 2015, a minor processing error has been discovered. This has affected the port freight figures in tables PORT0498 and PORT0499, particularly the classification of small flows.

This has led to the revision of figures in these tables for the years 2000 to 2014. There has been no impact on or changes to any other table.

At the same time as correcting this processing error, the definition of a small flow was also updated to improve the disclosure control method for small flows.

Sea passengers

Statistics relating to international and domestic passenger traffic handled at UK ports. Data are published annually, except for international short sea (ferry) passenger totals which are updated monthly in table SPAS0107.

Shipping fleets

Statistics relating to UK and world shipping fleets.

Statistics are produced annually, based mainly on DfT analysis of world fleet data provided commercially by IHS Global. Since they are derived from a commercial source, the statistics are not considered to be National Statistics, but they are considered to be of good quality.

Seafarers

Annual statistics relating to the estimated number of UK seafarers, including some statistics on non-UK seafarers, qualified to serve on UKregistered vessels, and indicative projections of the future number of UKcertificated officers.

Statistics are updated annually and based on a combination of administrative sources and industry surveys.

National statistics

All of the statistics published, apart from shipping fleet statistics, are National Statistics. The maritime and shipping statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

Since the shipping fleet statistics are derived from a commercial source outside of the Department for Transport’s control, the statistics are not classed as National Statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.
Source: UK Department for Transport

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