Global assessment of ferry sector's value
A study commissioned by the trade association Interferry and carried out by the UK-based consultancy Oxford Economics highlights the global ferry industry’s value to the world economy.
Research into the latest pre-Covid full-year figures found that, in 2019, ferries carried 373 million vehicles together with 4.27 billion passengers – on a par with aviation – with a worldwide fleet of 15,400 vessels.
Among other findings, the industry provided 1.1 million jobs, contributed USD 60 billion to the world GDP and represented approximately 20% of shipping’s economic value to the European Union. (sh)