Dover Ferry Port Chauffeur Car Services
The Port of Dover is the cross-channel port situated in Dover, Kent, south-east England. It is the nearest English port to France, at just 21 miles away, and is the world's busiest passenger port, with 16 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year, with an annual turnover of £58.5 million a year.
The port has been owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board, a statutory corporation, since it was formed by Royal Charter in 1606 by King James I. Most of the board members are appointees of the Department of Transport. The port has its own private police force, the Port of Dover Police
Ferry services' passenger numbers have been adversely affected by the opening of the Eurotunnel service through the Channel Tunnel in 1994. There are three ferry services to France operating from the nine docks and associated departure buildings of the Eastern Docks:
P&O Ferries: 6 ships in service. Up to 29 ferries daily to Calais.
DFDS Seaways: 3 ships in service. Up to 12 ferries daily to Dunkirk.
DFDS Seaways/LD Lines: 2 ships in service. Up to 10 ferries daily to Calais.
MyFerryLink: 2 ships in service. Up to 16 ferries daily to Calais.
The eastern docks also used to be served by the now liquidated Sea France which had 4 ships in service. It previously had up to 20 ferries daily to Calais. The adjacent freight terminal (with three loading cranes) can be used by a ship of up to 180 metres (590 ft).