Shipping and ports

An overview of what we do in relation to maritime is available by reading 'An introduction to maritime'.


This section provides information for the shipping industry on the environment and on safety. Additional information is provided specifically for the UK shipping industry.


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

An introduction to the Department for Transport's range of responsibilities covering the maritime industry.

26 January 2007

United Kingdom Search and Rescue

Information about the structure and coordination of search and rescue in the UK.

Email contacts

Email contacts for the Shipping and Ports department.

10 July 2003
Last update:
23 March 2009

Archived content

The following content is available from the Department for Transport web archive .

For related documents, pages and internet links, see the column on the right.