Harbour Traffic Information

Isle of Man Monthly Harbours’ Traffic Summary 

July 2018

Below is a summary of the Isle of Man passenger traffic statistics for the Island’s Harbours for July 2018. The disappointing result for June, recording a 4.9% decrease, continued for July with a 6.8% decrease.

Overall passengers

  • A total of 81,291 passengers used the Isle of Man Harbours in July 2018, down by 5,922 or 6.8%. Much of this increase was due to a fall in scheduled traffic, but the withdrawal of the Karina pleasure boat also had a marked effect.
  • This meant that cumulative total harbours’ traffic since the beginning of the year is now 4.2% below the cumulative for the same period for 2017

Scheduled passengers and vehicles

  • Overall, scheduled service passengers were down by 3,896 passengers or 4.8%, with just over 76,800 passing through the Port of Douglas
  • The Liverpool route saw a 6.2% decrease, from 45,494 to 42,676 passengers.
  • Heysham, however, carried almost the same number of passengers as in July 2017 with only 112 or 0.4% fewer in July 2018
  • Belfast sailings carried 26.7% fewer passengers than in 2017 with just 3,852 using the route.
  • Dublin, by contrast, saw growth over July 2017 of 16.7%
  • Scheduled passengers’ vehicles saw a slight increase of 90 vehicles or 0.4%, with 20,315 vehicles arriving, and departing from the Island

Non-Scheduled passengers

  • Non-scheduled traffic was markedly down by 2,026 passengers or 31.2% to 4,473 passengers and crew
  • The Primary cause of the decrease was the ceasing of the pleasure trips operated by the historic vessel, Karina, responsible for carrying 2184 passengers in July 2017

However, on the positive side, the cruise ship market has again served the Island well in July, bringing 3,128 visitors, 772 more than in 2017, up by 33%

Monthly Harbour Traffic July 2018

Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Total Passengers for the month 76818 80714 -3896 -4.8%
Cumulative for the year so far 324989 343103 -18114 -5.3%
Moving Annual total 565881 585196 -19315 -3.3%
Scheduled Passengers by Route20182017change% change
Liverpool 42676 45494 -2818 -6.2%
Heysham 27223 27335 -112 -0.4%
Belfast 3852 5257 -1405 -26.7%
Dublin 3067 2628 439 16.7%
Larne 0 0 0 0%
Total Scheduled 76818 80714 -3896 -4.8%
Non Scheduled Passengers20182017change% change
Marina 1001 939 32 6.6%
Non Marina 110 154 -44 -28.6%
Total Marina and Non-Marina 1111 1093 18 1.6%
Commercial Vessel passengers20182017change% change
Cruise Ships 3128 2356 772 32.8%
Fishing 48 556 -508

-91.4%

Karina 0 2184 2184 -100%
Pilots 0 0 0 0%
Royal Navy 0 102 -102% 100%
Support 186 208 -22 -10.6%
Training Ship 0 0 0 0%
Tall Ship/Super yacht 0 0 0 0%
Total commercial passengers 3362 5406 -2044 -37.8%
Total Non-Scheduled passengers 4473 6499 -2026 -31.2%
Total Harbours Passengers 81291 87213 -5922 -6.8%
Cumulative Total Harbours Pax 345891 361008 -15117 -4.2%
Scheduled Passenger Vehicles 20315 20225 90 0.4%