UK urged to keep Dover route

Port of Dover Port of Dover's Richard Christian: “There is no substitutable capacity elsewhere that can handle the type and volume of goods that the Port of Dover does." Credit: Port of Dover
Industry Database

The Port of Dover has warned that a UK Government proposal to divert Dover-bound shipments elsewhere in a no deal Brexit scenario would face capacity and efficiency problems.

Speaking after the Government suggested sending food exports to the Netherlands and Belgium via ports along the east England in Essex and Suffolk, rather than Dover to France in a bid to avoid potential security checks in Calais and delays at Dover if a Brexit deal wasn’t struck, the port’s head of policy and communications pointed out that the port is unique in its capacity and is “the closest and most efficient crossing to Europe.”

Richard Christian stated: “There is no substitutable capacity elsewhere that can handle the type and volume of goods that the Port of Dover does.

“Dover is the closest and most efficient crossing to Europe, handling up to 180km of freight daily. Diverting a bit of Dover’s traffic elsewhere would still leave the majority of important UK and EU ‘just-in-time’ goods held up if Dover becomes subject to delays.”

Stressing that the current main shipping route is more logical than any proposed alternatives, he added: “Government and industry focus should remain on maintaining the fluidity of this vital cross-Channel link and the livelihoods that depend on it, rather than diverting attention to less efficient routes for traffic that relies on the speed and frequency of service only possible from Dover.”

The plans follow concerns that planned lorry waiting parks will not be ready in time for March 2019.


New Fourth Generation (4G) Performance Pack Upgrade for Existing Echoscope® Users

The new Echoscope® 4G Performance Pack Upgrade presents an opportunity for our existing customers to... Read more

Coda Octopus Products Selected to Collaborate on One of Five Premier Scottish-Japanese "Joint Ocean Innovation" Strategic Subsea Projects

The Nippon Foundation and Scottish Enterprise R&D Program provides funding of up to $32 million over... Read more

ShibataFenderTeam Agent Network is growing

ShibataFenderTeam permanently sustains and develops its agent network. Read more

Mannion Marine Limited Launched

Martin Mannion, former AECOM head of ports EMIA region, has launched Mannion Marine Limited, offerin... Read more

Propulsion and Future Fuels Conference 2018

On August 29, 2018 the Shibata Industrial Management Board celebrated the inauguration of the Group’... Read more

Ci5 is coming to Marseille-Fos!

15 days to go… From 16 October, the port communities of Marseille-Fos and Lyon in the port hinterlan... Read more

View all