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In the UK 53.9 million tonnes of cargo were carried on inland waters...
In the UK 53.9 million tonnes of cargo were carried on inland waters

in 2001, the department for transport has announced.

The department's Statistics Bulletin Waterborne Freight in the United

Kingdom 2001 shows that:

- 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

in 2001.

- 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

goods moved.


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.

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