Shipping and ports

A safe and thriving global shipping industry is vital to the UK economy. Our domestic shipping and ports activities and strong global maritime influence help to protect the UK's interest in this area by promoting a competitive, safe, efficient and sustainable environment for this trade to take place.

For information on Maritime Security, see the Transport Security index page.

For information on the transport of radioactive materials, see the Dangerous goods transport index page.


This section looks at the role of Government in marine salvage operations and the investigation of accidents to consider how best to avoid similar accidents in the future.


This section contains documents relating to a national standard for port marine safety, decision letters and reports of public inquires, good practice advice for all trust ports in the UK and port environmental information pages.

An introduction to maritime

26 January 2007

Email contacts

13 January 2006