Port of Dover congratulates P&O Ferries on highest passenger figures since 2003
The Port of Dover has congratulated P&O Ferries after the company revealed the number of passengers crossing the English Channel on its services in August was the highest for any month since 2003. P&O carried 1,177,053 people between Dover and Calais during that time - a 2.5 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest monthly figure since 2003. P&O Ferries operates 58 sailings a day between Dover and Calais.
The recent decision by the Government to screen for Ebola at certain major UK gateways is a direct response to the current crisis in West Africa. Whilst the Government says the risk to the UK is very low, the Port of Dover will support whatever measures the Government deems appropriate for the Port to ensure it remains a secure place for everyone travelling in and out of the UK. Being one of the UK’s most important international gateways, we understand the need for vigilance. As with all matters relating to border security, we will continue to liaise closely with the responsible agencies, including UK Border Force and Public Health England in order to maintain the highest levels of security. Source: Port of Dover
Port of Dover Western Docks Expansion to Create New Jobs
Dover Harbour Board announced that it will pursue a major opportunity acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Discussion on the vision commenced at the Port and Community Forum which was independently chaired. Having successfully achieved Government approval in 2012 to develop the Western Docks, the Board plans to seize the opportunity to lock in the many benefits that this could bring just as soon as it possibly can. By reviewing its masterplan over several months, the team at the Port has identified a significant opportunity to support its customers and the community and provide the game changer for which the people of Dover have been waiting for so long.
The UK’s Port of Dover had to shut and cancel ferry services from the Eastern Docks – which suffered minor damage during the storm on Oct. 28. But it was the Western docks that came off worse– fifty Fred Olsen cruise customers’ cars were damaged by the sea overtopping the breakwaters caused by gusts of over 70mph. - See more at: www.portstrategy....
Eurotunnel stopped from operating ferry services at Port of Dover
The final ruling of the UK Competition Commission concerning Eurotunnel’s acquisition of certain assets from the former SeaFrance was issued today, said in the press release. The ruling requires Eurotunnel to cease ferry operations at the Port of Dover and divest ferry assets within a period of 6 months. DFDS’ profit expectations for the remaining year are therefore unchanged.
A Dover-Calais ferry route which was suspended in November, when SeaFrance collapsed, is due to be re-opened. French shipping group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LD) has teamed up with Denmark's DFDS to operate the route, which was originally run by SeaFrance. SeaFrance stopped operating the Dover to Calais route in November. Its rival P&O Ferries, which also which also operates a route between Dover and Calais, complained to the European Commission that this state-backing allowed it to operate unfairly, and cut prices to uncompetitive levels. The joint venture between LD and DFDS will not be receiving a subsidy.
The companies had bid to buy SeaFrance but their offer was deemed too low.
The joint venture will create 300 new jobs at sea and ashore in France, employing many ex-SeaFrance staff, and will start five services a day in each direction from February 17. news.sky.com/home...
Dover, the U.K.’s biggest gateway for cars and trucks, is seeking state backing for a takeover or share sale that would permit it to raise cash and reverse a loss of freight traffic to the Channel Tunnel undersea rail route, Bloomberg reports.
The Port of Dover needs 400 million pounds ($644 million) to fund a capacity “step change” that would add four ferry berths on top of the current nine to tap a projected jump in demand and fend off “fierce” competition from Groupe Eurotunnel SA, Chief Executive Officer Bob Goldfield said in an interview. Read more at www.bloomberg.com...
Ferry operators on the Dover Strait are threatening to make a complaint to the UK government after the port owner announced a hike in prices for 2011.
Last year, Dover Harbour Board (DHB) announced an increase in its harbour dues for 2011 of 4.8%, a move which surprised the ferry operators that use the port.
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Dover’s Conservative MP, Charlie Elphicke, has launched a campaign to transfer ownership of the Channel port to a company run by local townspeople – a move that has been called “unrealistic and undeliverable” by Dover Harbour Board (DHB).
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