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BMT to collect maritime statistics for UK Department of Transport


The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, a three year contract to collate information on all maritime freight traffic and ship movements to and from UK ports.

The contract is effective from January 2010 and continues the maritime statistics support that BMT has provided to the DfT over the past five years.

The work primarily involves the collection of port traffic returns from ports, shipping lines and agents, their validation and the population of a database of the information for delivery to the Maritime Statistics branch of the DfT.

Maritime freight data is supplied by approximately 400 shipping lines and agents in any one year. Other data, which is less detailed, is supplied by approximately 150 port authorities and operators. The information collected under the contract is required by the DfT to inform UK policy and to support the European Community (EC) Maritime Statistics Directive, introduced to assist the EC in developing policies and monitoring the impact of policy measures. Once analysed, shipping lines, shipping agents and port operators are also able to access the data to develop their own business strategies.

The DfT posts its own web-site summary results of the analysed data on a quarterly basis which is also collected by BMT. Each year the DfT publishes detailed national statistics on UK port traffic and merchant fleet statistics. The latest edition of ‘Maritime Statistics' covering 2008 was published in September 2009.

The information provides an invaluable insight into the freight movements to and from the UK including the impact of the global recession.

Andrew Cooper, Managing Director of BMT Reliability Consultants commented: "The award of this continuation contract recognises the importance of the relationship which we have established with the data providers over the past five years enabling us to deliver accurate and timely information to the DfT. This is further supported by BMT's strong maritime background and its expertise in data collection and IT. We are pleased to be continuing to support the DfT in a key area of its business activity."

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