UK Ferry freight continues growth in first quarter 2017
13 Apr 2017
The latest figures shows that the UK ferry freight market continues to grow. In the first quarter of 2017, there was a 4.3 per cent rise in freight unit traffic on the English Channel, Eurotunnel and Irish Sea routes compared with the same period in 2016 when Easter fell in March. The first quarter growth in 2016 was 5.3 per cent when Easter fell in April.
The Short Sea routes showed most growth with an increase of 6.4 per cent for the first quarter 2017 compared with 6.2 per cent for Irish Sea routes and 0.1 percent for the Western Channel while Eurotunnel traffic contracted by 0.2 percent. Just over a million accompanied and unaccompanied freight units took to Short Sea ferries and Eurotunnel in the quarter. Short Sea Ferries accounted for over 61 percent of this sub sector. To some extent the freight sector is bolstering the tourism sector in the UK ferry market.
The data displayed is extracted from IRN’s monthly Freightstat statistics.