Rising tide: Since contracting in 2015-16, the industry recorded consecutive years of growth

The Sea and Coastal Passenger Water Transport industry offers a range of services, including cruises, ferry services, and fishing charters. The industry is therefore reliant on domestic and international tourism. Operators fortunes have been mixed over the past five years, with considerable variance between different market segments. Cruise ships, which represent the largest market segment, have performed robustly and have expanded by marketing value, such as all-inclusive holidays. However, demand for international ferry services has wavered as a result of intense competition from air and rail transport.Industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.2% over the five years through 2019-20 to £2.8 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for international ferries has wavered due to intense competition from air and rail
  • Ferry services have faced strong competition from airlines and the Channel Tunnel, limiting demand
  • Ferry operators and the UK Chamber of Shipping have raised concerns over customs delays
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    CruisesCruise ships are generally large vessels that cater for hundreds or even thousands of passengers. Voyages can range from overnight trips to trips lasting several weeks. Customers generally expect a high-quality experience with food, entertainment and activities all provided on board. Due to the size of the ships and the cost of operating them, this segment is dominated by multinational companies with vast resources. The average spend per passenger on cruise ships far exceeds that of passengers on ferry services or domestic boat trips. Demand for cruises has grown strongly in recent years. According to the latest data from Cruise Lines International Association's Cruise Review, the number of cruise passengers in the UK and Ireland increased from 1.7 mi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Outbound tourism by UK residents and Real household disposable income in the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry?

    This industry includes all operators that transport passengers on sea and coastal waters. This includes the operation of excursion, cruise or sightseeing boats, the operation of ferries and water taxis and the renting of pleasure boats with crew for sea or coastal transport. The renting of boats without crew and restaurant and bar activities on board ships, when provided by separate businesses, are both excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Cruises
  • Domestic boat trips
  • International ferry services
  • Industry Activities
  • Transporting passengers by water to a schedule
  • Transporting passengers by water without a schedule
  • Operating cruise ships
  • Operating excursion or sightseeing boats
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Outbound tourism by UK residents
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total domestic tourism
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Cruising ahead
  • A different route
  • Fuelling costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Keeping afloat
  • Expanding capacity
  • Demand sinks
  • Return of duty-free
  • Table: Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Travel Agencies
  • Tour Operators
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Boat Repair & Maintenance
  • Fuel Wholesaling
  • Shipbuilding

  • Products & Services
  • Cruises
  • International ferry services
  • Domestic boat trips
  • Chart: Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged between 18 and 44
  • People aged under 18
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Carnival Corporation & plc, P&O Ferries Division Holdings Limited, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, David MacBrayne Limited, Stena Line (UK) Limited,
  • Table: Carnival Corporation & plc - financial performance
  • Table: P&O Ferries Division Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: David MacBrayne Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Stena Line (UK) Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sea & Coastal Passenger Water Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bunker Fuel
  • The name given to any fuel stored in tankers and used to power ships.
  • Fly Cruise
  • A package deal that covers both a cruise and the flights to and from the ship.
  • Fuel Scrubber
  • A device that is used to remove pollutants from industrial exhaust streams.
  • Marpol Annex Vi
  • Regulation placing a 0.1% limit on the quantity of sulphur contained in ship fuel, which came into effect in January 2015.
  • Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro)
  • Describes vessels with built-in ramps so that cargo or cars can be efficiently rolled on and rolled off the vessel when in port.
  • Water Taxi
  • A ferry that takes passengers to a variety of destinations instead of operating over a fixed route.
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