One platform, all data: PortinSights is ESPO’s new tool for European ports to collect, share, compare and analyse their data. The digital platform includes throughput data, environmental data (EcoPorts) and governance data.
www.portinsights.eu - Building the knowledge hub of European ports!
In 2018, ESPO launched PortinSights, the online data platform of and for European ports. By gathering RES throughput data, data on port governance and environmental data all in one place, ESPO is building the knowledge hub of European ports. PortinSights has been developed based on the outcome of the FP7 project PORTOPIA (www.portopia.eu), which was co-financed by the European Commission and has been coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
EU Ports traffic data
The Rapid Exchange System (RES) is an ESPO initiative and has been integrated in PortinSights in 2018. Every quarter European port authorities voluntarily submit their traffic data by means of the Rapid Exchange System. Market development figures (by port and traffic segments) are compiled by Eurostat and ESPO and can be found in the publically available ESPO Annual Reports.
The ESPO Rapid data Exchange System includes quarterly data on the following traffics:
- Total tonnage: Tonnage of goods carried, including packaging and including the tare weight of containers or ro-ro units (tonnes)
- Total liquid bulk (tonnes)
- Total dry bulk (tonnes)
- Total general cargo (tonnes)
- Containers (tonnes, TEU)
- Number of passengers
- Number of Vessels
As from 2019, you will be able to download aggregated quarterly reports. Should you require data sets or more specific port data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage all our ports to join the voluntary data exchange within PortinSights and welcome all our members to be a part of the knowledge hub of European ports. Practical instructions on how to participate in the PortinSights RES exchange can be found in the Members area or requested at email@example.com.
Why ESPO data is not always identical to EUROSTAT data?
- Eurostat relies on data from the National Competent Authorities (NCAs). The source of ESPO data are the port authorities themselves.
- Eurostat disseminates figures on the gross weight of goods handled in the ports (excluding the tare weight of containers and RO-RO units). However, ESPO ports use the gross-gross weight of goods (including the tare weight of containers and RO-RO units).
- Eurostat figures on number of TEUs handled only cover Lo-Lo containers (Lifted-on Lifted-off). Ro-Ro containers (Rolled-on Rolled-off) are counted as Ro-Ro units. ESPO data reports number of containers in TEU independently of the kind of vessel transporting them.
- Eurostat's maritime statistics are strictly limited to handling of goods related to seaborne transport. Any handling of inland waterway goods in ports is excluded.
- In addition, there might be differences in coverage of actual port facilities included in Eurostat's definition of a "statistical port" and the facilities included in the figures of a port authority.
EUROSTAT data on port level is available in several tables in the Eurostat online database, the main ones being the quarterly tables for transport of goods and passengers (covering main EU ports) and the annual tables for transport of goods and passengers (covering all EU ports handling goods/passengers):
- mar_go_qm (goods, quarterly)
- mar_pa_qm (passengers, quarterly)
- mar_go_aa (goods, annual)
- mar_pa_aa (passengers, annual)
In 2017, Eurostat added 14 new tables in order to disseminate quarterly data, including a table presenting detailed quarterly data by type of cargo (mar_go_qmc) and a set of 13 tables presenting quarterly data at various aggregation levels (mar_q).
By clicking on the following link
, you will reach Eurostat, which is part of the general services of the European Commission and provides statistics on various topics, including maritime transport. Click here
for articles on maritime statistics.