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Shipping & Port Logistics

Dover Harbour Board

Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the operation and development of the Port of Dover. Handling £89 billion worth of trade each year, the Port of Dover is at the heart of the strategic transport network linking the UK with mainland Europe.  The Eastern Docks ferry terminal handles 14% of all passengers to and from the UK (12.8 million passengers in 2013), along with 2.5 million tourist vehicles, and 2.2 million road haulage vehicles. The Port is also one of the leading UK ports for the importation of perishable goods and contributes £320 million to the UK economy .

The Port of Dover is the UK’s second busiest cruise port with two dedicated cruise terminals in the Western Docks hosting over 130 cruise ship visits each year and providing a major stimulus to the tourism economy of east Kent. Dover saw a 20% increase in cruise passengers in 2013. Dover Marina is an award-winning facility with 400 berths for leisure users.

The Port of Dover supports over 22,000 jobs in the local economy.

P&O Ferries Holdings Ltd.

With its headquarters in Dover, P&O Ferries is one of Europe’s largest ferry operators with the most comprehensive route network and the most frequent passenger and freight services from the UK to the Continent.  With a fleet of over 20 ships, P&O Ferries operates on nine routes linking the UK with ports in Belgium, France, Holland, and Ireland.  Each year, P&O Ferries carries close to nine million passengers, two million freight units, and 1.7 million tourist vehicles.

One of the most famous names in shipping, P&O Ferries is owned by DPWorld.  The company recently invested €360 million in the two largest ferries ever to operate from Dover to Calais at 49,000 tonnes.  P&O Ferries employs 1,100 people at its headquarters in Dover and onboard its fleet of six ships on the premier Dover to Calais route.

DFDS Seaways

DFDS Seaways operates one of the most comprehensive shipping networks in Northern Europe covering 20 countries and 42 destinations with a fleet of 51 ships.  From Dover, DFDS Seaways operates high frequency roll-on/roll-off passenger and freight shipping services to both Calais and Dunkerque with up to 22 daily return departures.  The company operates a fleet of five ships from Dover, including three purpose-built 35,923 tonne vessels for the Dunkerque service.

George Hammond PLC

George Hammond has been at the forefront of shipping activities in the English Channel since it was established in 1767.  George Hammond is a Lloyd’s sub-Agent for Kent.  Still a private company with its head office in Dover, the company employs 250 people.  The company’s Port & Maritime Services division is ISO 9001-2000 accredited.

George Hammond is responsible for ship’s agency, stevedoring and freight forwarding at the Dover Cargo Terminal, Port of Dover.  Handling weekly refrigerated and container shipments from West Africa and Central America, George Hammond has established Dover as one of the UK’s leading hubs for the year-round import of fresh produce.  The company also offers ship’s agency to the increasing number of cruise ships that visit Dover, and pilotage and marine services to ship’s transiting the English Channel and other south east ports.

George Hammond is one of the leading independent petrol retailers in the South East, and operates seven BP-branded retail sites in Kent.

Burgess Marine Ltd

Following its acquisition of Testbank Ship Repair in January 2013, Burgess Marine is the UK’s leading independent ship repair specialist.  The company is at the forefront of the specialised marine engineering industry and has a world-wide reputation for its expertise in structural repairs and renewals, as well as mechanical repairs both above and below the waterline.  Based in Dover, Burgess Marine operates from six sites across the UK as well as providing specialist teams to shipping operators worldwide. 

Burgess Marine provides engineering services to many shipping and marine organisations, including BAE Systems, Brittany Ferries, Carnival, P&O, Red Funnel, Royal Navy, RNLI, and Wightlink.  Burgess Marine employs 120 staff and supports a further 200 sub-contractors.  The company is accredited ISO 9001:2008 and holds DNV Approved Supplier status.  

C.G. Hibbert

C.G. Hibbert is a leading supplier of branded spirits, wines and tax-free products to ferry and cruise ship operators, airlines and airports, military and diplomatic services. Established in 1767, the company has a proud history even supplying beer for the Titanic!

The company relocated to Dover in 1979 and trades from a purpose-built office and warehouse facility overlooking the English Channel.

Viking Recruitment Ltd

Based in high-tech offices in Dover and close to Europe’s busiest passenger port, Viking Recruitment has been supplying officers and crew to ship owners and operators worldwide since 1988. The company specialises in recruiting STCW certified officers and crew, as well as hospitality and guest services staff to some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines and luxury yacht operators. The company provides a full service including recruitment, training, travel and operational needs of its international clients. Viking Recruitment is currently developing a £6.5 million state-of-the-art Maritime Skills Academy that will include a full weather effects pool for survival training, bridge and engine room simulators, and an extensive range of conference and training facilities -



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