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Survey Information

Survey Name:

Statistics of Port Traffic

Business Area:

Transport Section, Agriculture, Transport & Tourism Division.

Survey Purpose:

The survey provides data on the scale and development of the carriage of goods and passengers by sea.

Legislative Basis:

Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 6 May 2009 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of goods and passengers by sea. Statutory Instrument Number 90 of 2014 -  Statistics (Carriage of goods and passengers by sea) order 2013:



Target Population:

All ports / harbour authorities where carriage of goods and/or passengers occurs.

Sampling Frame:

Data is submitted by all ports.

Survey Size:


Principal Variables Collected:

Reporting port, Type of cargo, Direction, Port of loading/unloading, Gross weight of goods in tonnes, Number of passengers, Nationality of registration of the vessel, Number of vessels by type and size, Deadweight of vessels, Gross tonnage of vessels.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, Ports, Shipping companies and other various interested parties.


Contact Points

Business Area Specialists:

Jim Dalton

Noreen Dorgan

The business specialists above can be contacted by e-mail using their firstname.lastname@cso.ie


Methodology Document

Quality Report