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Harbour Traffic Information

Isle of Man Monthly Harbours’ Traffic Summary 

September 2018

Below is a summary of the Isle of Man passenger traffic statistics for the Island’s Harbours for September 2018. The downward trend over the summer season has continued into September, with about the percentage fall as for August – just under 10%. In summary:

Overall passengers

  • A total of 57,958 passengers used the Isle of Man Harbours in July 2018, down by 6,394 or 9.9%.  Scheduled traffic fell by the same amount fueling most of the decrease.
  • This has meant that cumulative total harbours’ traffic since the beginning of the year is now 6.06% below the cumulative for the same period for 2017

Scheduled passengers and vehicles

  • Overall, scheduled service passengers were down by 6,257 passengers or 10%, with 56,193 passing through the Port of Douglas.
  • Both routes to the North West saw similar percentage decreases, with Liverpool down 10.2% and Heysham suffering a fall of 9.4%.
  • Belfast sailings carried also suffered a large decline of 583 passengers or over 28% to 1,480.
  • By contrast, Dublin sailings saw a 90% increase to 530 passengers.
  • Scheduled passengers’ vehicles saw a decrease of 2,195 vehicles or 11.3%, with 17,281 vehicles arriving, and departing from the Island.

Non-Scheduled passengers

  • Non-scheduled traffic was also down - by 7.2% - to 1,765 passengers and crew. 
  • It was the sad withdrawal of the Karina at the beginning of the year, together with a significant reduction in support vessels during the month, that contributed to the decrease.
  • However cruise traffic increased for the month with almost 1,200 cruise passengers visiting the Island, an increase of 288, or 32%, over September 2017.
  • This brings to 16,618 the number of cruise passengers who have visited the Isle of Man during 2018, 3,120 or 23% up on 2017.

Harbours Traffic Information September 2018

Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Total Passengers for the month 56193 62450 -6257 -10%
Cumulative for the year so far 476644 504482 -27838 -5.5%
Moving Annual total 556157 583379 -27222 -4.7%
Scheduled Passengers by Route20182017change% change
Liverpool 29667 33044 -3377 -10.2%
Heysham 24516 27064 -2548 -9.4%
Belfast 1480 2063 -583 -28.3%
Dublin 530 279 251 -90%
Larne 0 0 0 0%
Total Scheduled 56193 62450 -6257 -10%
Non Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Marina 115 203 -88 -43.3%
Non Marina 7 29 -22 -75.9%
Total Marina and Non-Marina 122 232 -110 -47.4%
Commercial Vessel passengers20182017change% change
Cruise Ships 1196 908 288 31.7%
Fishing 256 250 6

2.4%

Karina 0 244 -244 -100%
Pilots 5 4 1 25%
Royal Navy 120 0 120 100%
Support 66 264 -198 -75%
Training Ship 0 0 0 0%
Tall Ship/Super yacht 0 0 0 0%
Total commercial passengers 1643 1670 -27 -1.6%
Total Non-Scheduled passengers 1765 1902 -137 -7.2%
Total Harbours Passengers 57958 64352 -6394 -9.9%
Cumulative Total Harbours Pax 502104 534290 -32186 -6%
Scheduled Passenger Vehicles 17281 19476 -2195 -11.3%
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