UK Ports


UK Ports and Ferry Services

As may be expected of a maritime nation there are many ports around the UK coast, ports are usually considered to be bases for ferry services and/or freight operations or fishing ports as opposed to harbours which are generally smaller and serve more local needs.                   UK Ferry Services 

Approximately 95% of freight enters the UK by sea and three major ports handle most freight traffic: Felixstowe on the east coast, Tilbury, near London and Southampton on the south coast. In 2004 British ports handled 600 million tons of freight the largest for any European country. In value terms around 330 bn. worth of imports and exports was handled by the UK's ports in 2004. Around 54,000 people work in the UK's ports with another 20,000 in related areas. 

There are many other places around the UK which are considered to be ports including the following; Aberdeen, Avonmouth, Barry, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Dover, Falmouth, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Harwich, Hull, Inverness, Leith, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Peterhead, Plymouth, Poole, Port Talbot, Portsmouth, Scapa Flow, Sullom Voe, Swansea, Tees, Tyne. In addition there are many more harbours which may have freight, fishing, transport or leisure operations. 

Links to some major ports                   


Ferry Services - UK

Here is a quick guide for those who would like to escape from our warm and exotic shores - can't think why! This is not a definitive list just a guide to the main services - please check with companies for details. The list of UK ports is clockwise from Dover - correct at Dec. 2006.

Port  Destination Company
Dover Calais P & O Feries
Calais SeaFrance
Dover Dunkerque Norfolkline
Newhaven Dieppe Transmanche Ferries
Portsmouth Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Caen Brittany Ferries
St Malo Brittany Ferries
Guernsey Condor Ferries
Jersey Condor Ferries
Fishbourne IoW Wightlink
Ryde IoW Wightlink
Le Harve LD Lines
Bilbao P & O Ferries
Southampton Cowes IoW Red Funnel
Lymington Yarmouth IoW Wightlink
Poole Cherbourg Brittany Ferries
Guernsey Condor Ferries
Jersey Condor Ferries
St Malo Condor Ferries
Weymouth Guernsey Condor Ferries
Jersey CondorFerries
Plymouth Roscoff Brittany Ferries
Santander Brittany Ferries
Penzance Isles of Scilly (Seasonal) Scillonian III
Swansea Cork Swansea Cork Ferries
Pembroke Rosslare Irish Ferries
Fishguard Rosslare Stena Lines
Holyhead Dun Laoghaire Stena Lines
Dublin Stena Lines
Liverpool Dublin P&O Ferries - Irish Sea
Dublin Norfolkline - Irish Sea
Belfast Norfolkline- Irish Sea
Douglas IoM Steam Packet
Fleetwood Larne Stena Line
Douglas Isle of Man Belfast Steam Packet
Liverpool Steam Packet
Dublin Steam Packet
Stranraer Belfast Stena Line
Troon Larne P&O Lines - Irish Sea
Kennacraig* Islay Caledonian MacBranye (CalMac)
Oban* Mull CalMac
Uist CalMac
Coll CalMac
Mallaig* Skye CalMac
South Uist CalMac
Ullapool* Lewis CalMac
Scrabster Stromness Northlink
Aberdeen Lerwick Northlink
Kirkwall Northlink
Rosyth Zeebrugge Superfast Ferries
Newcastle Amsterdam DFDS Seaways
Bergen DFDS Seaways
Haugesund DFDS Seaways
Stavanger DFDS Seaways
Hull Zeebrugger P&O Ferries
Rotterdam P&O Ferries
Harwich Esbjerg DFDS Seaways
Hook of Holland Stena 

*Not all routes are included please check CalMac website for details.                                            Top




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