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Marine economic statistics 2017: corrected April 2020

Statistics on economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors present a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for industrial categories defined as part of the marine sector. This publication was originally published in October 2019 and was corrected in April 2020.

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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 not 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 2017, construction and water transport services generated £591 million in GVA: accounting for 0.44% of the overall Scottish economy, and 11% of the marine economy.

Marine construction and water transport services provided employment for 4,300 workers, contributing 0.17% to total Scottish employment, and 6% of the marine economy employment.

8.3 Construction and water transport services - trends

Marine construction and water transport services GVA increased by 37%, while employment rose by 8% between 2016 and 2017.

The longer term trends have been variable, but generally increasing. Construction and water transport services GVA increased by 83% and employment increased by 65%. between 2008 and 2017.

Table 11 : Construction and water transport services - GVA, turnover, employment and GVA per head, 2008 to 2017 (2017 prices)
Year GVA
£M
Turnover
£M
Employment Headcount
000's

GVA Per Worker
£

2008 322 549 2.6 123,961
2009 432 614 3.1 139,357
2010 254 458 2.9 87,543
2011 348 604 3.3 105,467
2012 371 870 3.1 119,707
2013 547 1,043 3.9 140,305
2014 493 854 3.3 149,328
2015 516 880 3.8 135,745
2016 431 684 4.0 107,634
2017 591 722 4.3 137,326
Figure 12 : Construction and water transport services - GVA and employment, 2008 to 2017 (2017 prices)
Figure 12 : Construction and water transport services - GVA and employment, 2008 to 2017 (2017 prices)

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

Contact

Email: Venetia.Haynes@gov.scot

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