§ 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.