Shipping companies have plans to launch nine new passenger ferries on UK and Ireland routes.
Irish Ferries, Brittany Ferries and Stena Line are among the operators expanding their fleets.
More than 38 million passenger journeys were made by ferry on UK domestic, Irish and Continental services in 2017, according to industry data.
The new ships include ferries for passengers and vehicles, as well as the largest catamaran to operate in London.
Irish Ferries’ latest cruise ferry W.B. Yeats was launched last month, with another due to start sailing between the UK and Ireland in 2020.
Brittany Ferries’ €195m state-of-the-art ship Honfleur will enter service on the Portsmouth-Caen route in July.
The vessel has been designed to provide a smoother ride for passengers due to reduced vibrations, as well as having free wi-fi and quiet lounges.
The firm claims they will be among the most energy efficient ferries in the world.Three new vessels are currently being built in China for Stena Line, with the first due to begin operating Dublin-Holyhead services in early 2020.
DFDS will introduce its largest ferry – featuring a shopping mall – on the English Channel in 2021.
MBNA Thames Clippers will launch its biggest-ever boat, Venus Clipper, by the end of March.
The catamaran will have a capacity of 222 passengers with 50 more seats than vessels introduced in summer 2017.