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Harbour Figures Up 9 September 2004

Passenger figures compiled by the Harbours Division for July 2004 at 85,367 show a 2.7% increase on the figure for the same period in 2003 which was 83,050.

The year to date figure at 386,847 passengers shows a 1.2% decrease over the same period in 2003 which was 391,420.

During July, car and motorcycle traffic through Douglas Harbour increased by 0.6% from 18,145 vehicles to 18,246 vehicles.

The year to date figure at 105,912 vehicles shows a 1.5% decrease over the same period in 2003 which was 107,508.

Scheduled Routes show the following changes in passenger numbers for July:-

  • Belfast up 10% from 5,665 to 6,222
  • Dublin down 2% from 4,118 to 4,023
  • Heysham up 9% from 26,157 to 28,538
  • Liverpool down 4% from 45,151 to 43,325

Director of Harbours, Captain Michael Brew commented:

"July 2004 passenger figures are the best since 1989 and follow on from excellent June figures. Whilst the high levels of growth shown in recent years is not apparent this year, overall traffic levels remain broadly similar to last year which was the best year for sea passenger traffic since 1984."

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