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In Waterborne Freight in the UK 2006, the latest of an annual series of reports, the Department for Transport has today published statistics on freight traffic carried on UK inland waters, around the UK coast, to and from UK offshore installations and sea dredging.

Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom 2006

The report shows that in 2006:

* Traffic on UK domestic waters accounted for 5% (126m tonnes) of all goods lifted in the UK, and 21% (52 billion tonne-kilometres) of all goods moved.

* Goods lifted on domestic waters fell 5% compared with 2005 and goods moved by 15%. This was largely due to a decrease in oil landed from North Sea oil fields, and reduced coastwise transport of oil.

* Over the decade to 2006, goods lifted on UK waters has fallen by 11% and goods moved by 6%, but there have been fluctuations during the period.

* About three quarters of goods moved is accounted for by crude petroleum and petroleum products.

* Of the total goods moved on UK domestic waters:

– 62% was traffic around the coast

– 35% was one-port traffic (to or from offshore installations, or dredged materials)

– 3% was inland waters traffic (including both non-seagoing traffic and seagoing traffic crossing into inland waters).

* Goods moved on inland waters rose by 3% compared with 2005, while coastwise and one-port traffic fell by 18% and 11% respectively.

* The River Thames was the busiest of the major inland waterways, with 0.76 billion tonne-kilometres of goods moved (45% of the inland waters total, and 1.5% of all waterborne traffic).

Traffic on the River Humber totalled 0.22 billion tonne-kilometres and the River Forth 0.18 billion tonne-kilometres.