Shipping and ports
DfT works to ensure that the UK's shipping, ports and waterways are operated in an efficient, safe, secure and sustainable manner.
DfT seeks to ensure that the UK shipping industry remains a major player globally.
The UK's ports are vital gateways for trade and travel. DfT promotes the development and use of best-practice ports and terminals for freight and passengers.
- Guidance on the preparation of port master plans
- Harbour orders - table of current applications
- Modern ports
- Ports policy review
DfT promotes the use of waterways for freight in places where they are a practical alternative to road and encourages people to walk and cycle along canal towpaths. This cuts congestion on roads and reduces carbon emissions.
- Boating and travelling by water
- Ferry and riverboat services
- Leisure and the seaside
- Making a complaint about boat services
- Overseas travel by train or ferry for disabled passengers
- Transport for London - river services
Safety and security
- Marine Accident Investigation Branch
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- Maritime security
- River and sea safety
- Safety - including inquiries and reports
- UK search and rescue
- Using pleasure craft safely
Shipping for business and industry
- Carriage of dangerous goods by sea
- Map of key inland waterways of Great Britain with freight potential
- Moving goods by sea
- Water freight
- Water freight grants
- Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom