The Department for Transport yesterday published national statistics on port traffic and UK and world fleet statistics in Maritime Statistics 2005.
Freight traffic at UK ports rose by 2% in 2005 to 586mt compared with the previous year. Inwards traffic rose by 12mt, an increase of 3% to 354mt and outwards traffic by 1mt to 231mt. Bulk traffic, in terms of tonnage, rose by 7mt, up 2%, while container and roll-on roll-off traffic increased by 5mt, up 3%. Containers increased by 150,000 units, up 3% and road goods vehicles and unaccompanied trailers increased by 155,000 units, up 2%.