An increase in the number of passengers in the second quarter of 2023
In the second quarter of 2023, more than 9.2 million passengers embarked or disembarked in Croatian seaports. Compared to the same period of 2022, it was an increase of 9.4%.
In the second quarter of 2023, as compared to the same period of 2022, the number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships increased by 7.9% and they transported 95% of the total number of passengers. The increase in the number of passengers was recorded in all major ports. There were 8.1% more passenger cars and 25.9% more coaches embarked on and disembarked from ships compared to the same quarter of 2022.
Out of the total number of passengers in seaports, 393 thousand disembarked from cruise ships and visited, among others, the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik. Compared to the second quarter of 2022, it was an increase of 54.2%.
A decrease in traffic of goods in the second quarter of 2023
The total traffic of goods in the second quarter of 2023 at the level of the Republic of Croatia amounted to 6.2 million tonnes, which means it decreased by 13.4% compared to the same period of 2022. This is a result of the decrease in the traffic of dry bulk goods of 31.3% (with the share of 26% in the total traffic of goods). On the other hand, the traffic of liquid bulk goods (with the share of 48% in the total traffic of goods) increased by 4.4% and the tonnes of containerised goods (with the share of 17% in the total traffic of goods) by 2.6%.
Of the five ports that account for 93% of the total traffic of goods in seaports, the decrease in the second quarter of 2023 was recorded in the ports of Ploče (18.0%), Rijeka (7.5%), Split (10.9%) and Bakar (37.4%), as compared to the second quarter of 2022.
Data on the first half-year of 2023 show the increase in the number of passengers
In the first half-year of 2023, the total number of ships that arrived in seaports increased by 5.5% and the total number of passengers by 7.3%, while the total traffic of goods decreased by 1.5%, as compared to the same period of 2022.
1 TRAFFIC OF SHIPS, PASSENGERS AND GOODS IN SEAPORTS
2 TRAFFIC OF GOODS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, SECOND QUARTER OF 2023
1) Ports that had the total annual traffic of goods greater than or equal to one million tonnes in the last three years.
3 TRAFFIC OF PASSENGERS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, SECOND QUARTER OF 2023
1) Ports that had the total traffic of passengers greater than or equal to 200 000 in the last three years.
4 EMBARKED AND DISEMBARKED PASSENGER VEHICLES, BY HARBOUR MASTER’S OFFICES, SECOND QUARTER OF 2023
Cumulative data do not always equal the sum of individual monthly results due to the rounding of numbers to the nearest thousand.
Since 2013, detailed monthly data have been available on the official website of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, under "PC-Axis databases", where it is possible to browse and print data in various forms. Databases are updated quarterly.
Sources and methods of data collection
The Croatian Bureau of Statistics carries out the statistical survey on the traffic in seaports by using the databases of the Croatian Integrated Maritime Information System. The Croatian Bureau of Statistics takes over a part of the database from the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, after which it performs further processing.
The Croatian Integrated Maritime Information System (CIMIS) has been used as a uniform platform for the recording of arrivals and departures of ships. Among other data, ships submit information on the traffic of goods and passengers to CIMIS through authorised maritime agents and shippers. The accuracy and completeness of the data in the official proceedings of registration is verified by the harbour master’s offices.
The detailed notes on methodology are issued in the publication entitled "Methodological Basics for Statistical Survey Traffic in Seaports", which is also available on the web site of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.
Data on traffic in seaports include arrived and departed ships, embarked and disembarked passengers and loaded and unloaded goods and relate to activities in all public seaports in the Republic of Croatia.
The statistical survey includes all ships under the national and foreign flags that arrived to or departed from the seaports in the Republic of Croatia, regardless of the activity they perform. Ships in ballast are included.
Data on traffic of passengers also include the passengers on cruise ships on excursions and present only their disembarkment.
Statistical port consists of one or more ports, normally controlled by harbour master’s branch offices able to record ship and cargo movements.
Ships are vessels with a length of more than 12 m and of over 15 GT or those authorised to carry more than 12 passengers.
Sea passenger is considered to be every person that makes a sea journey on a merchant ship. Service staffs assigned to merchant ships are not regarded as passengers. Non-fare paying crew members travelling but not assigned and infants in arms are excluded.
Cruise passenger excursion is a short visit by a cruise passenger to a tourist attraction associated with a port while retaining a cabin on board.
National traffic of passengers refers to the traffic between two national ports.
International traffic of passengers includes the traffic between a port of embarkment of passengers in the Republic of Croatia and a port of disembarkment of passengers abroad and vice versa.
Goods are any goods moved on sea. This includes all packaging and equipment such as containers, swap-bodies, pallets or road goods vehicles. Goods carried in lorries, trailers or semi-trailers are included. Conversely, the following items are excluded: bunkers and stores of vessels, fish carried in fishing vessels and fish-processing ships, goods carried internally between different basins or docks of the same port.
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