Freight News, Sea

Port bosses laud ferry firms for keeping Britain moving

[ July 3, 2015   //   ]

Port of Dover chief executive, Tim Waggott, paid tribute to P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways in keeping traffic moving during the recent disruptions by MyFerryLink strikers. He said: “From Kent Police, Highways England, Kent County Council, the ferry companies and port staff to the local community, I would like to thank all involved for a positive partnership approach to tackle a very difficult situation.”

P&O Ferries continues to run a full service to Calais, whilst DFDS Seaways operates a full service to Dunkerque, with an additional vessel diverted to the route to help accommodate heavy traffic.

Kent Police finally stood down Operation Stack at 18.00 today (3 July) and freight customers heading to the Port can now use either the M20/A20 or the M2/A2 approach roads. Customers are still advised to contact their chosen ferry operator before travelling and consult the Port of Dover website ( or Twitter account (@PoD_travelnews) for the latest travel information.

The British Ports Association also praised “the remarkable job carried out by the Port of Dover, the ferry companies and everyone involved both locally and nationally in responding to the disruption caused by the dispute in Calais.

It added: “In a difficult week this has been yet another reminder of the fundamental importance of Dover as a major gateway into the UK for both freight and passengers, supporting the UK economy. The port is a vital part of an industry that handles 95% of the country’s import and export trade.”

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