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The UK's ports are vital gateways for trade and travel. Over 388 million tonnes of international freight and 177 million tonnes of domestic freight moved through UK ports in 1999. Thirty-two million international passengers use UK ports each year. Another 38 million use them for domestic journeys, including river crossings. Our national economy needs a thriving ports industry.

Decision letters

Decision letters on harbour and container terminal proposals.


Inspectors' reports

Inspector's reports on proposed port projects.


Modern ports

Various documents on Government plans and objectives for UK ports.


Ports policy review

Review of Ports Policy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the ports policy review interim report, update of port demand forecasts and transhipment studies and UK port demand forecast updates - terms of reference.


Port marine safety code

The code introduces a national standard for every aspect of port marine safety. It aims to improve safety for those who work in ports, their ships, passengers and cargoes, and the environment.


Port marine safety code bulletins

Bulletins describing progress on the introduction of the port marine safety code.


Modernising trust ports

Guide providing national standards of good practice for all trust ports in the UK.


EC Directive on market access to port services

An explanatory note and a set of questions to test views on this Directive. A copy of the Directive and supporting explanatory memoranda are also available.


Port environmental information

A series of reports, organised by theme, by members of the port environmental information working group.


Review of development in coastal and marine waters

Review looking to reduce the complexity of the regime governing development in coastal and marine waters, looking at reducing costs and streamlining key processes to maximise working efficiency.


Harbour Orders Guide

Guidance to the procedures for obtaining Harbour Orders.


Opportunities for Ports in Local Authority Ownership

A Review of Municipal Ports in England and Wales.


Review of funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights Evidence Report

To gather evidence to inform the review of the 1985 Agreement on the funding of the provision of aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland and to develop proposals on future funding arrangements.

Published:
03 March 2008

The General Lighthouse Fund Report and Accounts 2006-2007 (701 kb)

The General Lighthouse Fund 2006-2007 is the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007, consolidating the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights

Published:
05 February 2008

The General Lighthouse Fund 2005-2006 (609 kb)

The General Lighthouse Fund 2005-2006 is the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006, consolidating the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights.

Published:
21 June 2007

The General Lighthouse Fund 2004-2005 (536 kb)

The General Lighthouse Fund 2004-2005 is the report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005, consolidating the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights.

Published:
21 June 2007

The General Lighthouse Fund 2003-2004 (876 kb)

The General Lighthouse Fund 2003-2004 is the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2004, consolidating the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights.

Published:
21 July 2005

The General Lighthouse Fund 2002-2003 (3 Mb)

The General Lighthouse Fund 2002-2003 is the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003, consolidating the accounts for Trinity House Lighthouse Service, Northern Lighthouse Board and Commissioners of Irish Lights.

Published:
17 November 2004

Study of Economic Effect of Light Dues

Executive Summary with full report as downloadable PDF.

Published:
17 November 2004

Response to the Transport Select Committee's report on ports - CM 6076 (505 kb)

The Transport Committee published on 13 November 2003 a wide range of recommendations on issues facing the nation's ports industry. This is the Government's formal response to this Committee report.

Published:
17 November 2004

The new Humber pilotage service (332 kb)

An assessment of the provision of a replacement pilotage service for the Humber estuary following the withdrawal of the service provided by Humber Pilots Ltd.

Published:
17 November 2004

Recent developments and prospects at UK container ports

This paper forms part of the commitment made by DTLR (now DfT) in 'Modern Ports: A UK Policy' to have a clear picture of trends affecting the ports industry, and especially of the potential need for port investment.

Published:
31 July 2001

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