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.

Inland waterways

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.


Safety and security

Shipping for business and industry


Maritime statistics

Ship registers