The 2017 UK Short Sea Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity Analysis and Report, published in December 2017, concludes that the annual market capacity is equivalent to 16.4 million trailer and forty foot equivalent container (FEU) units, 3.7% more than was employed in May 2016 and 30.7% more than capacity employed in 2000

It is a complex, constantly changing market place comprising 139 terminals, 131 RoRo berths and 123 container cranes within 53 UK mainland ports. There are now 33 different ferry, container and Channel Tunnel train operators serving 141 different routes. In such a market, it is essential to have a clear grasp of current market capacity and market development, along with the services, routes, operators, vessels, ports and terminals that serve the market. The need for such information is evident in a market supplying vessel capacity for the annual movement of over 16 million freight units.

The UK Short Sea Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity Analysis and Report © is a unique annual evaluation of market capacity (overall and over 5 separate market sub-sectors), identifying market leaders, monitoring trends since 2000 and highlighting all of the key developments that have taken place in the previous twelve months, as well as indicating planned development likely to take place over the next twelve months. Information is obtained each year by rigorous research and direct contact with service and port operators.


Sub-sectors covered:

  • UK – Near Continent of Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium)
  • UK – France, Spain and Portugal (Channel)
  • UK – Ireland
  • UK – Scandinavia
  • UK – Baltic

In addition to reporting on and quantifying market development the Survey contains detailed appendices that specify every scheduled Short Sea RoRo and LoLo route and service in operation from UK mainland ports. Further appendices contain details and specifications for every vessel currently in service and every port and terminal serving the sector.

(click here to download sample appendicies from the 2016 Report)

A download of the report’s introductory sections provides a clearer picture of objectives, scope, exclusions, structure and capacity and unit definition.

Section 6 in the 2017 report contains an assessment of UK Coastal Feeder Capacity, RoRo berth utilisation at North East ports and insight into possible impacts from Brexit.

Different companies and organisations use the Survey for different purposes:

Ferry and container service management use the report as an independent guide to market position and a tool to assist business strategy formulation and development.

Port managers can obtain a precise assessment of all operators and vessels active in the market, including their own customers, as well as benchmarking their own port against competitor ports.

Local and Central Government and LEPs find the report essential in understanding the market within which ports in their region operate and a guide to overall development of transport strategy.

Banks, investment companies, consultants, academic institutions and trade organisations find the report saves countless hours of research and gives an immediate guide to market capacity and market positioning, relevant to a range of requirements, such as acquisition appraisal, due diligence, market entry and market benchmarking.       

Trailer operators and container transport service providers operating in the European door-to-door market can gain a comprehensive understanding of all routes, services and route capacity to aid their own route planning and rate negotiating positions.

An accurate assessment of capacity is also an essential benchmark for any attempt to study service and route capacity utilisation, given correspondingly accurate and consistent freight volume data.

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