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Sea passenger statistics

Passengers - covers annual international and domestic passenger and passenger vehicle traffic at UK ports. Annual figures appear first in the Sea Passenger Bulletin and then with additional domestic traffic in the Maritime Statistics Report, Section 3.

Important Note: International sea passenger totals are updated monthly via a spreadsheet on this page (see link below) on the second Thursday of each month. 

The latest statistics on Sea passengers

Latest annual update: 17 February 2011

Summary of latest key results

  • In 2010 21.9 million international ferry passengers travelled to and from the UK slightly higher than the 2009 figure (21.6 million)   

  • Dover, the largest UK ferry port, handled 13 million journeys in 2010 (virtually unchanged on 2009)
  • The next busiest ports in 2010 were Portsmouth (2.2 million passengers) and Holyhead (2 million passengers)

  • In 2010 there were 3.1 million domestic passengers on the three major routes (between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), virtually unchanged compared to 2009

Tables, charts and maps on Sea passengers 

The tables provide further details on the topics covered in the xxx statistical releases. Please refer to the notes on the tables themselves and the technical guidance documents further down this web page.

Complete set of Sea passenger tables, charts and maps

UK Sea passenger time series - annual tables

UK sea passenger time series - quarterly tables

 UK Sea passenger time series - monthly tables

UK sea passenger times series - charts

Technical information

Previous Sea passenger statistical releases

These are superseded publications. The most recent Sea passenger statistical release is available at the top of this web page.

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