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Port of Dover Image: Port of Dover

Category: Ports, harbours & coastal industries
Originally established in 1606, Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the administration, maintenance and improvement of the harbour at Dover. As such, the Port operates right at the heart of the UK's and Continental Europe's cross-Channel transport network, managing and piloting what has become one of today's busiest drive-on, drive-off terminals in the world. As a trust port, the Board does not have any shareholders and most Board members are appointed by the Department of Transport. Every year Dover Port take responsibility for over 15 million passengers travelling through our port, as well as other major shipping activities such as general cargo, cruising and a marina. It's a responsibility they take extremely seriously, and it comes hand-in-hand with a clear commitment to ensuring the port operates professionally, safely and smoothly for all those who use it.
Address: Harbour House, Marine Parade Dover Kent CT17 9BU
Telephone No: 01304 240400
Fax: 01304 240465
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The port is involved with cross-channel ferries to Calais and Dunkirk, available to both freight and passengers, and also operates two Fast Ferry Services running to Calais and Boulogne.

The port is also busy with Cruise Ships during the summer months, with a small number continuing through the winter. A Pilotage, Harbour Patrol Launch and Tug boat service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Selected areas within the Harbour are surveyed every month, with an entire Port survey undertaken biannually.

Dover offers services to marina berth holders, and has space for visitors.

The Harbour Authority is pro-active in terms of environmental management and protection, and complies with relevant legislation, aiming where possible, to achieve compliance-plus and implement Environmental Best Practise. There is a comprehensive monitoring plan in place for water quality, benthic fauna, trawling and sub-littoral monitoring to ensure environmental quality.

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