UK National Marina Berth Survey

by • June 24, 2013 • Berths and Moorings, Photo Gallery, UK, YachtsComments Off386

Between 2007 and 2008, the British Marine Federation produced reports on the Economic Benefits of Coastal and Inland marinas. These reports included Supply and Demand figures and to ensure that any figures being quoted are up to date, the BMF supported a request from members to update our existing statistics to better reflect the status in the current economic climate.

The resulting information gives a fascinating snapshot of the UK marina industry.

Between the 19th February 2013 and 8th March 2013, the British Marine Federation surveyed businesses to get a snapshot of supply and demand for marina berths.

Businesses were asked for their Gross Capacity and Actual Occupancy figures for marina berths as of January 2013.

For the purposes of this survey, marina berths mean a facility for the berthing of pleasure craft providing direct walkway access to each boat.

Nationally – 145* valid responses

The total capacity of the 145 marina facilities is 29,118 berths

The total occupancy in those marinas at the time of the survey is 23,462 berths.

Therefore, the number of vacant berths is 5,656 in total so the average occupancy rate of the 145 marinas who responded is 80.5% (19.5% vacant) at the time of the survey.

Marina Aberystwyth Boats


This sample reflecting the national picture can be been further split into three main groups:

Tidal/Coastal – 69 valid responses

The total capacity of the 69 marinas is 17,604 berths.

The total occupancy in those marinas at the time of the survey is 14,227 berths.

Therefore, the number of vacant berths is 3,377 in total so the average occupancy rate of the 68 tidal/coastal based marinas who responded is 80.8% (19.2% vacant) at the time of the survey.

C&RT Waterways – 53 valid responses

The total capacity of the 53 C&RT based marinas is 7,710 berths.

The total occupancy in those marinas at the time of the survey is 6,122 berths.

Therefore, the number of vacant berths is 1,588 in total so the average occupancy rate of the 53 C&RT based marinas who responded is 79.4% (20.6% vacant) at the time of the survey.


Other Navigation Authorities (inc the Environment Agency, Broads Authority, National Authority Lakes) –  23 valid responses

 

The total capacity of the 23 marinas is 3804 berths.

The total occupancy in those marinas at the time of the survey is 3113 berths.

Therefore, the number of vacant berths is 691 in total so the average occupancy rate of the 23 other marinas who responded is 81.8% (18.2% vacant) at the time of the survey.

*The total of 145 marinas responding to the survey represents c 56% response rate of relevant BMF members.  BMF is updating the data on current berth provision in the UK (available soon) but based on the 2007/8 analysis this represent c. 31% of total marinas in the UK and 38% of all berths.

 

 

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