HC Deb 19 May 1986 vol 98 cc25-6W
38. Mr. Nicholas Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the size, by class, of the United Kingdom merchant fleet.

Mr. Ridley

The number and tonnage of vessels of 500 gross registered tons and over in the United Kingdom registered merchant fleet at 28 February 1986 by type of vessel was:

Number Thousand deadweight tons (dwt)
Passenger vessels 84 167
Cargo liners 85 951
Container vessels 51 1,354
Tramps 151 483
Bulk carriers 70 4,665
Tankers 236 10,089
All vessels 677 17,709

These figures exclude Government-owned vessels, offshore supply vessels, tugs, fishing vessels and other non-trading vessels.