46 million passengers
The vessels in regular coastal trade carried 46 millions passengers in 1999. This corresponds to an increase of 1.3 per cent from 1998.
Passengers with car ferries constitute 37.4 millions or 81.3 per cent of regular coastal trade, while local services constitute 8.2 millions or 17.8 per cent. The number of passengers with local services increased by 2.3 per cent from last year. The corresponding number with car ferries is 1.1 per cent in the same period.
The number of vessels in regular coastal trade decreased by six vessels, all of which were local services. But the gross tonnage increased on local services by 6.5 per cent to 25.243 gross tons. There were 190 car ferries in service in 1999 and the number is unchanged from 1998. The gross tonnage on the other hand, increased by 4.0 per cent from 1998 to 173.428 gross tons.
4000 fewer passengers on inland sea routes
Inland sea routes carried 115.000 passengers on 12 vessels in 2000. This is a decrease of 4 000 passengers from 1999. In 1999 there were 13 vessels in service. Inland sea routes are in service only in the summer season.
The statistics has been discontinued.