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Scotland's marine economic statistics 2018

Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2018. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for industrial categories defined as part of the marine sector.

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Scotland's marine economic statistics 2018
8. Construction of water projects and water transport service activities

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8. Construction of water projects and water transport service activities

8.1 Introduction

For ease of description, in this report the joint industry sector will be referred to as 'Marine construction and water transport services'.  

The two industry classes 42.91: 'Construction of water projects' and 52.22: 'Service activities incidental to water transportation' have been combined so that the data is non-disclosive. Marine construction and water transport services are key for connectivity and supporting growth for the marine economy.  

The SABS category of Construction of water projects covers:

construction of:

  • waterways, harbour and river works, pleasure ports (marinas), locks, etc.,
  • dams and dykes,
  • dredging of waterways.

It excludes project management activities related to civil engineering works.  

The SABS category of Service activities incidental to water transportation includes:

  • activities related to water transport of passengers, animals or freight,
  • operation of terminal facilities such as harbours and piers and operation of waterway locks etc.,
  • navigation, pilotage and berthing activities,
  • lighterage (the transference of cargo by means of a lighter), salvage activities,
  • lighthouse activities.

This class excludes cargo handling and operation of marinas.

8.2 Key economic points 

In 2018, marine construction and water transport services generated £557 million in GVA: accounting for 0.39% of the overall Scottish economy, and 13% of the marine economy. 

Marine construction and water transport services provided employment for 4,000 workers, contributing 0.15% to total Scottish employment, and 5% of the marine economy employment. 

8.3 Construction and water transport services – trends 

Marine construction and water transport services GVA decreased by 11%, while employment fell by 9% between 2017 and 2018. 

The longer term trends have been variable, but generally increasing. Construction and water transport services GVA increased by 26% and employment increased by 29% between 2009 and 2018.

Table 11: Construction and water transport services  - GVA, turnover, employment and GVA per head, 2009 to 2018 (2018 prices)
Year GVA Turnover Employment GVA Per Head
£M £M  '000s £
2009 443       629  3.1 142,763
2010 260       470  2.9 89,716
2011 357       619  3.3 108,054
2012 380       890  3.1 122,524
2013 560     1,068  3.9 143,622
2014 504       873  3.3 152,689
2015 527       899  3.8 138,629
2016 439       697  4.0 109,741
2017 623       763  4.4 141,575
2018 557       625  4.0 139,275
Figure 12: Construction and water transport services – GVA and employment, 2009 to 2018 (2018 prices)
Figure 12 - Chart showing trends from 2009 to 2018 in the construction and water transport services sector GVA and employment. GVA shown at 2018 prices

Geographic breakdown of construction and water transport services are not readily available.


Contact

Email: marineanalysis@gov.scot