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The Water Passenger Transport market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Firms are subject to competition from substitute services, such as rail and road transport
  • The industry's largest players are ferry operators that benefit from consistent demand
  • Competition from cheap airfares is likely to constrain growth for long-distance water transport

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Water Passenger Transport industry provides water-based transport on a variety of vessels and routes, including city-based ferries in harbours and rivers, boat and ship hire with crew, ferry services on longer routes, and cruise services. These services are typically provided to commuters, as well as domestic and international tourists. The industry does not include water-based transport services for sightseeing purposes. Industry firms are subject to competition from substitute services, such as low-cost air travel, and rail and road transport.

    Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 3.6% over the five years through 2016-17, to $1.2 billion. This growth includes an expected 0.2% rise in the current year...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has a moderate level of capital intensity and this trend has remained unchanged over the past five years. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar paid as wages, industry firms invest $0.27 in capital. The industry's capital expenditure is mainly associated with the purchase of vessels such as ferries. However, ships and boats have long useful lives, spreading depreciation costs over substantial periods of time. For example, many of the ferries currently in operation on Sydney Harbour were purchased in the mid-1980s. The industry's capital intensity is moderated by its reliance on labour to operate vessels, with a minimum number of crew often specified in government ferry contracts.


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    Additional Insights for the Water Passenger Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Water Passenger Transport Industry are

  • Ability to alter capacity and services in favour of market conditions
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as International travel to Australia and Domestic tourist visitor nights in the Water Passenger Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Passenger Transport Industry?

    The industry operates vessels that transport passengers between destinations over water. Major industry activities include cruise services, passenger ferry services, vehicular ferry services and crewed boat hire. Water passenger transport activities that do not transport passengers between destinations, such as sightseeing services, are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Boat hire with operator
    Local water transport
    Long-distance water transport
    Industry Activities
    Cruise services
    Passenger ferry services
    Vehicular ferry services
    Water taxi services
    Ship and boat charter (with crew)

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • International travel to Australia
  • Domestic tourist visitor nights
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Trade-weighted index
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Water Passenger Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Water Passenger Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Travel Agency and Tour Arrangement Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Navigation, Towage and Services to Water Transport
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Port Operators
  • Shipbuilding and Repair Services

  • Products & Services
  • Local water transport
  • Boat hire with operator
  • Long-distance water transport
  • Chart: Water Passenger Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Travellers aged between 35 and 55
  • Travellers aged over 55
  • Travellers aged under 35
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Passenger Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Passenger Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Water Passenger Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd SeaLink Travel Group LimitedTT-Line Company Pty Ltd
  • Table: Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: SeaLink Travel Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: TT-Line Company Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Passenger Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Water Passenger Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Cruise Ship
  • Passenger ship used for leisure voyages, commonly providing accommodation and food services.
  • Ferry
  • A passenger ship providing transport in and around a city serving mainly commuter demand.
  • Vehicular Ferry
  • A ferry that can carry passengers and their vehicles.
  • Water Taxi
  • A ferry boat that takes passengers to a variety of possible destinations, instead of operating over a fixed route.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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