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Merchant Navy

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade what was the number of ships in the Merchant Navy in January 1981, January 1982 and September 1982.

The information requested is as follows:

Number of United Kingdom owned and registered merchant ships (500 gross registered tonnage and over)
End December 19801,143
End December 1981994
End September 1982913


The figures include passenger vessels, container ships, cargo liners, tramps, bulk carriers and tankers. They exclude Government owned vessels, offshore supply vessels, non cargo or passenger carrying sea going vessels, sailing vessels, dredgers, river and other non sea going vessels.