The Department for Transport (DfT) collects and publishes statistics about passenger and freight traffic through the ports of the UK.
Latest Results - Published 7 November 2014
The most recent DfT statistics relate to ports traffic in 2013 and show that:
- The total tonnage through Northern Ireland ports in 2013 was 25.322 million tonnes, compared to 23.556 million tonnes the previous year. Total freight traffic through UK ports in 2012 was 502.971 million tonnes, compared to 500.860 million tonnes the previous year.
- The total tonnage increased to 16.140 million tonnes of inward traffic and increased to 9.182 million tonnes of outward traffic in Northern Ireland. For the UK as a whole, the inward traffic figure for 2013 increased to 325.757 million tonnes and outward traffic fell to 177.214 million tonnes, the lowest level in the last 30 years.
- The majority of total NI traffic came through the Belfast Port (66%), while Warrenpoint now accounts for the second highest level of total traffic (11%), followed by 9% coming through the port of Larne. The most popular UK port was Grimsby & Immingham, which handled 12% of total UK port traffic in 2013.
- Belfast Port, along with Tees & Hartlepool, experienced the largest percentage increase in total traffic of all UK ports. Both ports saw increases in tonnage of 11%, primarily due to the amount of coal handled in 2013 at these ports.
- 476,904 tourist vehicles passed through Northern Ireland ports in 2013. This compared with a figure of 484,611 in 2012 – a decrease of 1.6%. Some 5,544,146 tourist vehicles passed through the UK in 2013 – a decrease of 1.1% on 2012.
Northern Ireland Ports Traffic 2013 Publication
Northern Ireland Ports Traffic 2013 - Additional Tables (1998-2013)
The tables listed below link to Excel files containing a range of NI Ports Traffic data.
Usage of Ports Traffic Data
A summary of usage of the Ports Traffic statistics can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Methods and Quality
A summary of the methods used in compiling the Ports Traffic statistics, and of their quality and reliability, can be accessed via the link below: