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Harbour Traffic Information

Isle of Man Monthly Harbours’ Traffic Summary 

March 2018

Below is a summary of the Isle of Man passenger traffic statistics for the Island’s Harbours for March 2018. With Easter weekend spanning the end of March and the beginning of April, March 2018 saw a substantial increase of 6,000 passengers or 28% over March 2017

Overall passengers

  • A total of 27,413 passengers used the Isle of Man Harbours in March 2018, up by 5,996 or 28.0%.  Much of this increase was due to the surge in traffic in the lead-up to Easter but was tempered slightly by Storm Emma, which affected sailings in early March
  • It should be noted that March 2017 saw a 29% decrease over 2016, with an April Easter in 2017, but a 28% increase remains a good result.
  • Scheduled passenger traffic fueled the increase, but non-scheduled was also slightly up
  • As a result, Q1 of 2018 saw a very solid 14.6% increase in total harbours’ traffic

Scheduled passengers and vehicles

  • Overall, scheduled service passengers were up by 5,975 passengers with just under 26,900 passing through the Port of Douglas
  • The Liverpool routes saw a 115% increase, from some 4,500 to over 9,800 passengers
  • Whilst Heysham was responsible for 60% of the traffic, the route suffered a slight decrease of 1.6% to just over 16,000 passengers.
  • By coincidence, the pre-Easter sailings to Belfast and Dublin each carried 492 passengers
  • Scheduled passengers’ vehicles saw an increase of around 1,000 vehicles or 13.3%, with 8,342 vehicles arriving, and departing from the Island

Non-Scheduled passengers

  • Non-scheduled traffic was slightly up by 21 passengers or 4.3% to 509 passengers and crew
  • Fishing crews were significantly fewer at 264 compared with 400 last March, down by 34%

Support vessels again generated a huge percentage increase in crews – from four crews in March 2017 to 227 in March this year.

Isle of Man Monthly Harbours’ Traffic Summary February 2018

Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Total Passengers for the month 26904 20929 5975 28.5%
Cumulative for the year so far 56918 49837 7081 14.2%
Moving Annual total 591076 556911 34165 6.1%
Scheduled Passengers by Route20182017change% change
Liverpool 9833 4576 5257 114.9%
Heysham 16087 16353 -266 -1.6%
Belfast 492 0 492 0%
Dublin 492 0 492 100%
Larne 0 0 0 0%
Total Scheduled 26904 20929 5975 28.5%
Non Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Marina 18 4 14 350%
Non Marina 0 0 0 0.0%
Total Marina and Non-Marina 18 4 14 350%
Commercial Vessel passengers20182017change% change
Cruise Ships 0 0 0 0.0%
Fishing 264 400 -136

-34%

Karina 0 0 0 0.0%
Pilots 0 0 0 0%
Royal Navy 0 0 0 0%
Support 227 24 203 845.8%
Training Ship 0 0 0 0%
Tall Ship/Super yacht 0 60 -60 -100%
Total commercial passengers 491 484 7 1.4%
Total Non-Scheduled passengers 509 488 21 4.3%
Total Harbours Passengers 27413 21417 5996 28%
Cumulative Total Harbours Pax 58147 50756 7391 14.6%
Scheduled Passenger Vehicles 8342 7363 979 13.3%
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