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Harbour Traffic Information

Douglas Harbour  

August 2017

Below is a summary of the Isle of Man passenger traffic statistics for the Island’s Harbours for August 2017. August is an important month for harbours’ traffic as it represents the peak month of the year and this August an overall increase of 1.1% was recorded.  In summary: 

Overall passengers

  • A total of 108,930 passengers used the Isle of Man Harbours in August 2017, generating an increase of 1.1%, or 1,225 more than in August 2016.
  • Scheduled routes actually saw a slight decrease in traffic, but a 23% increase in non-scheduled passenger traffic pulled the total up to ensure an overall increase.

Scheduled passengers and vehicles

  • Scheduled traffic decreased by 0.6%, with the routes generating just 627 fewer passengers.
  • Liverpool was actually down for the month, by almost 2,500 passengers, or 4.2%.
  • Heysham partly restored the balance with an increase of about 1,000 passengers or 3%.
  • Belfast was solidly up on last year with a rise of 12.7%, probably as a result of fewer airline seats available to Northern Ireland from the Island, whilst Dublin saw a 6.8% increase. 
  • The number of scheduled passenger vehicles increased by 1.5% to 27,182.

Non-Scheduled passengers

  • Non-scheduled traffic saw a very substantial 22.7% increase almost entirely due to successful initiatives to increase cruise traffic to the Island.  Of note, the Norwegian 6,250 tonne MV Gann visited the Island for four days during the Festival of Motorcycling.
  • In total, cruise traffic, totaled 6,174 passengers in August 2016, and was up by almost 3,500, an increase of 60%.
  • Fishing crews decreased by almost 30% and the Karina also saw a fall in traffic - by 20.9% to under 2,000 passengers.  However, Support and training ship crews were up substantially.

Visiting super yacht traffic totaled 100 passengers and crew arriving and departing.

Harbours traffic August 2017

Monthly Harbours traffic summary for July 2017

Schedules Passengers20172016change% change
Total Passengers for the month 98929 99556 -627 -0.6%
Cumulative for the year so far 442032 422330 19702 4.7%
Moving Annual total 584569 557406 27163 4.9%
Scheduled Passengers by Route20172016change% change
Liverpool 56276 58754 -2478 -4.2%
Heysham 33798 32800 998 3.0%
Belfast 5914 5249 665 12.7%
Dublin 2941 2753 188 6.8%
Larne 0 0 0 0.0%
Total Scheduled 98929 99556 -627 -0.6%
Non Scheduled Passengers20172016change% change
Marina 938 964 -26 -2.7%
Non Marina 67 212 -145 -68.4%
Total Marina and Non-Marina 1005 1176 -171 -14.5%
Commercial Vessel passengers20172016change% change
Cruise Ships 6174 3848 2326 60.4%
Fishing 408 574 -166

-28.9%

Karina 1986 2510 -524 -20.9%
Pilots 0 3 -3 -100%
Royal Navy 0 24 -24 -100.0%
Support 280 14 266 1900.0%
Training Ship 48 0 48 100.0%
Tall Ship/Super yacht 100 0 100 0.0%
Total commercial passengers 8996 6973 2023 29.0%
Total Non-Scheduled passengers 10001 8149 1852 22.7%
Total Harbours Passengers 108930 107705 1225 1.1%
Cumulative Total Harbours Pax 469938 451666 18272 4.0%
Scheduled Passenger Vehicles 27182 26786 396 1.5%
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