in 2001, the department for transport has announced.
The department's Statistics Bulletin Waterborne Freight in the United
- the volume of goods moved (the tonnage of the cargo lifted
multiplied by the distance travelled) on inland waters in 2001 was
1.9 billion tonne-kilometres.
- crude petroleum and petroleum products dominated waterborne freight
movements with 43.5 billion tonne-kilometres of goods moved, 74 per
cent of all waterborne freight.
- of the total tonnage of waterborne freight carried in 2001
including coastwise, one- port and inland waters traffic, 41 per
cent was carried on inland waters at some stage in its
transportation. In terms of goods moved, inland waters accounted
for 3 per cent of the total.
- water transport, including coastwise, one-port (mainly offshore
oil) and inland waters traffic carried 6 per cent of goods lifted
measured in tonnes, and 24 per cent of goods moved, measured in
tonne-kilometres, of all modes of transport in the United Kingdom
- UK-registered ships handled 12 million tonnes of coastwise and
one-port oil cargoes, 16 per cent of the total.
- the Thames was the busiest of the major inland waterways with 20.8
million tonnes of goods lifted and 0.8 billion tonne kilometres of
1. Waterborne Freight in the United Kingdom 2001 presents information
on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water transport
in 2001. The statistics cover traffic carried by both barges and
seagoing vessels along inland waters, traffic carried around the UK
coast, traffic to and from offshore installations, and sea dredging
and dumping. The statistics are compiled by MDS-Transmodal for the
department, and come from a range of sources: port traffic statistics
collected from shipping lines or the ir agents and port authorities,
returns from surveys of barge operators, and shipping arrivals data
supplied by Lloyd's Marine Intelligence Unit.
2. There are two measures of traffic: goods lifted measured in
tonnes, and goods moved calculated by multiplying the tonnage of
goods lifted by the distance the cargo is moved. One-port traffic
comprises traffic to and from offshore installations including crude
oil shipped directly to UK refinery ports or onshore terminals, and
also aggregates dredged from the sea bed.
3. There are important changes to the way that some of the
information has been derived from 2000 onwards, principally affecting
foreign, coastwise and one-port traffic and also inland waters
penetration of such traffic. The reason for the change is that a new
system for collecting detailed port traffic statistics was introduced
in 2000 to comply with the requirements of the EC Maritime Statistics
Directive (Council Directive 95/64/EC on statistical returns in
respect of the carriage of goods and passengers by sea). The new
collection arrangements produce muchmore reliable estimates of
foreign, coastwise and one-port traffic.
4. This is the latest in an annual series of reports stretching back
to 1980. It is available on the DfT website.