About the statistics
Name and topic
Name: Maritime transport
Topic: Transport and tourism
Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics
Definitions of the main concepts and variables
Domestic transport is transport between Norwegian ports. Foreign transport is transport of goods between Norwegian and other countries ports
Local traffic: traffic within the Port Authority.
Coast traffic: traffic between Norwegian ports that’s not local traffic.
Foreign traffic: traffic between Norwegian and foreign ports.
Loaded means goods from land to ship
Unloaded means goods from ship to land.
Roro unit means wheeled equipment for carrying cargo, which can be driven or towed onto a vessel
Lolo unit means a unit which is lifted on or off the vessel.
Type of cargo classification
- Liquid bulk.
- Dry bulk.
- Containers lolo
- Containers roro.
- Roro units (Self propelled).
- Roro units (Non-self-propelled).
- Other general cargo.
Type of ship classification (ICST-COM)
- Tankers (Liquid bulk) Oil tankers, chemical tankers, LG tankers, tanker barge and other tankers.
- Bulk carriers (Dry bulk) Bulk/oil carrier and bulk carrier.
- Container ship
- Specialized vessels Barge carrier, chemical carrier, irradiated fuel, livestock carrier, vehicle carrier and other specialized carriers.
- General cargo ship, non-specialized Reefer, roro passenger(*), roro container, other roro cargo, combination carrier general cargo/passenger, combination carrier general cargo/container, single decker and multi decker.
- Dry cargo barge Deck barge, hopper barge, lash-seabee barge, open dry cargo barge, covered dry cargo barge and other dry cargo barge.
- Passenger ship(**)
- Cruise chip(**)
- Offshore activities
(*) Domestic ferries and passengerboats are not covered by number of port call.
(**) Not covered by numbers of port call
Frequency and timeliness
Quarterly report to Eurostat
Background and purpose
The purpose is to measure and describe the goods- and passenger transport to sea, and to compare it with other ways of transportation. The statistics will give an opportunity to compare transport in Norway with transport in other European countries. The statistics were first published in 2003.
Users and applications
The statistics are used by governmental departments, shipping enterprises, research institutions and universities for planning, education and analysing purposes. The statistics are also used by individuals and international organizations with interest in Norwegian shipping.
Equal treatment of users
Coherence with other statistics
The Statistics Act $$ 2-2 and 2-3
Commission Decision 2001/423/EC of 22 May 2001 (on dissemination) (OJ L151 of 7.6.2001 p. 41)
Commission Decision 2008/861/EC of 29 October 2008 (codified version) (Port list) (OJ L306 of 15.11.2008 pp. 66-97)
Directive 2009/42/EC of the EP and the Council of 6 May 2009 (recast) (OJ L141 of 6.6.2009 pp. 29-47)
Commission Decision 2010/216/EC of the EP and the Council of 14 April 2010 (OJ L94 of 15.4.2010 pp. 33-40)
Regulation 1090/2010 of the EP and the Council of 24 November 2010 (OJ L325 of 9.12.2010 pp. 1-3)
Commission Delegated Decision 2012/186/EU of 3 February 2012 amending Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistical returns in respect of carriage of goods and passengers by sea. (OJ L101 of 11.4.2012 pp. 5-14)
The statistics are based on reports from public and private ports with a total amount of transported goods of about one million tonnes or more. Public and private ports with a total cargo of less than 1 million tonnes are not included in the quarterly statistics but are included in a yearly statistics. The statistics do not include fishing catching vessels and special types of vessels such as towing vessels, research/seismic vessels and drilling vessels.
The numbers of port call does not include domestic ferries and passenger boats. The distribution between domestic and foreign traffic in port calls are based on where the vessel are coming from.
The table on the Coastal Liner between Bergen and Kirkenes include only passengers.
Change in the reporting from the Coastal Liner from 2013.
Data sources and sampling
Public and private ports with a total cargo of more than one millions tonnes.
The numbers on the Coastal Liner are sent from Hurtigruten Group ASA
The categories "Unspecified, Southern Norway" and "Unspecified - Northern Norway" consist of private ports and public ports that report less that 10 000 tonnes of transported goods each year. Southern Norway consists of all counties from Østfold to and including the county of Nord-Trøndelag. Northern Norway consists of the northernmost counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.
A port district is the geographic area a public port administration is responsible of.
Some of the port districts in Norway are inter-municipal companies which consist of several municipalities.
- Borg Port (Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Hvaler)
- Moss Port (Moss)
- Oslo Port (Oslo)
- Drammen Port (Drammen, Lier, Røyken, Hurum, Svelvik)
- Tønsberg Port (Tønsberg)
- Sandefjord Port (Sandefjord)
- Larvik Port (Larvik)
- Grenland Port (Skien, Bamble, Porsgrunn)
- Kristiansand Port (Kristiansand)
- Kvinesdal Port (Kvinesdal)
- Eigersund Port (Eigersund)
- Stavanger Port (Stavanger, Sola, Randaberg, Rennesøy)
- Sauda Port (Sauda)
- Karmsund Port (Sveio, Tysvær, Haugesund, Bokn, Bømlo, Karmøy)
- Bergen Port (Bergen, Askøy, Austrheim, Fedje, Fjell, Lindås, Meland, Os, Radøy, Sund, Øygarden)
- Flora Port (Alden port area: Flora, Askvoll, Fjaler, Førde, Gaular, Hyllestad, Naustdal)
- Bremanger Port (Bremanger)
- Nordfjord Port (Vågsøy, Selje, Gloppen, Stryn)
- Ålesund Port (Ålesund, Giske, Haram, Sula)
- Molde and Romsdal Port (Molde, Aukra, Fræna, Midsund, Nesset, Rauma, Vestnes)
- Kristiansund and Nordmøre Port (Aure, Averøy, Gjemnes, Halsa, Kristiansund, Sunndal, Surnadal, Smøla, Tingvoll, Hemne, Hitra)
- Trondheim Port (Trondheim, Orkdal, Stjørdal, Malvik, Frosta, Leksvik, Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy, Verran, Steinkjer, Frøya, Namsos)
- Brønnøy Port (Brønnøy)
- Helgeland Port (Mosjøen (Vefsn), Alstahaug, Dønna, Leirfjord)
- Mo i Rana Port (Rana)
- Bodø Port (Bodø)
- Narvik Port (Narvik)
- Harstad Port (Harstad Ibestad)
- Tromsø Port (Tromsø)
- Hammerfest Port (Hammerfest)
- Kirkenes Port (Sør - Varanger)
Collection of data, editing and estimations
The information is colleted automatically from the ports administrative system (PORTwin), and send to Statistics Norway by secure web portal for reporting of data.
Mathematical and logic controls are used to check for recording errors or other obvious errors in data. The data are checked against reports for last year. The respondent is contacted in the event of partial non-response or other significant errors.
When a port fail to deliver data in sufficient time before publishing, estimation of the data will be done. The estimated amount of cargo is based on the development to the other ports from last quarter.
Industrial businesses operating their own port facilities are are confidential by nature. In the statistics, these are aggregated together in their own code NO88K - Norway - Unspecified, quarterly survey.
From and including the yearly of 2016 the code NO88K is split into two separate codes
- NO88N - Northern Norway, unspecified
- NO88S - South Norway, unspecified.
Comparability over time and space
The statistics are new from year 2003 and are not comparable with previous years.
Sources of error and uncertainty
Some measuring errors may occur as a result of codification errors.