Maritime ports in the UK - Statistics & Facts

2018 surpassed the previous year in terms of construction investments in new harbor infrastructure. In the first three quarters of the year, construction output valued at 783 million British pounds, already more than was invested in the full year for 2016 and 2017.
The Dover – Calais route was the busiest sea travel route in the United Kingdom. Passenger movements numbered 9.17 million, which was over four times the amount recorded for the passage between Dover and Dunkirk.

In terms of freight transportation, London was the main hub for incoming goods. In 2018, roughly 44.8 million tonnes arrived at the London port, more than was brought into any other UK harbor. By comparison, Scotland’s Firth of Forth saw nearly 22 million tonnes leave its ports. This was mainly related to the shipping of crude oil and liquified gas.

Despite still maintaining its position as the largest ferry port in the country, the number of travelers passing through Dover noticeably declined. In 2018, 11.8 million passengers were recorded entering or leaving the port.
Southampton proved to be the leading port for cruise travel, which was unsurprising given that it was home to P&O Cruises. Unlike ferries, cruise travel still proved to be quite popular with holidaymakers, as figures for 2018 were the highest recorded since the beginning of the reporting period in 2003.

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