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Ten Fascinating Ferry Facts for Ferry Fortnight

By 02/03/2016September 26th, 2016Stories

As it’s National Ferry Fortnight, we thought we’d give you some amazing ferry facts.

Amazing Ferry Facts

  1. UK ferries carried 38.9m passengers in 2015, up from 37.1m  in 2012
  1. 2015 UK ferry passenger numbers to the Continent were 18.1m, domestic British islands 16.0m, and Ireland 4.8m
  1. UK ferries also carried on board 8.6m cars in 2015……
  1. ……. and sailed with 161,400 coaches last year
  1.   The 12 main UK ferry operators serve over 75 ferry routes…….
  1. ……with over 300,000 ferry sailings each year
  1. France is the largest ferry market for the UK, with 15.6m passengers making a crossing by ferry – compared with around 11m carried by air
  1. The UK largest ferry operator is P&O Ferries, with a European fleet of 20 modern, purpose-built ships – the smallest is Isles Of Scilly Steamship Group, with one ferry, the Scillonian III
  1. Of UK resident ferry passengers travelling to the Continent in 2015 – 46.9% were on an independent holiday; 1.5% on a package holiday; 2.7% were on a weekend break; 19.2% were visiting friends and relatives; 7.9% were shopping; 0.7% on a ski holiday; 2.6% on an activity break; 2.5 on business; 1.3% on a mini-cruise; 1.7% on a day trip; and 9.6% visiting a second home
  1. There are 12 ferry operator members of industry body Discover Ferries – Brittany Ferries; CalMac; Condor Ferries; DFDS; Irish Ferries; Isle of Man Steam Packet Company; Isles of Scilly Steamship Group; Northlink Ferries; P&O Ferries; Red Funnel; Stena Line; and Wightlink

We bet you didn’t know that!