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Dover announces Saga’s Spirit of Discovery as winner of its Safety Environment Awareness (SEA) Award


The SEA Award, led by the Port of Dover and in its seventh year, recognises the visiting cruise ship with the highest environmental and safety standards throughout 2023. Saga’s Spirit of Discovery was the winner, with Spirit of Adventure and Seabourn Ovation also scoring highly.

A key initiative in the Port’s ambitious goals to lead a more sustainable future, the SEA Award celebrates vessels with the best recycling methods, waste segregation, carbon emissions and safety every year. This then enables the Port’s dedicated environment team to provide cruise lines with the first-rate facilities, advice and efficiency required for a more sustainable operation.

Megan Turner, Environment and Sustainability Manager at the Port of Dover said:

“Our congratulations go to Saga and Seabourn, whose vessels showed excellent waste notification scores upon arrival in port, a high percentage of recycling and great safety measures on board. We are leading the way to become the first UK port to be carbon net zero (scope 1 and 2) by 2025, and we thank our cruise lines for working alongside us on this important project, which contributes significantly to us reaching our ambitious goals.”

The SEA Award is the only award of its kind within the industry and involves every cruise ship sailing into Dover. As a trust port, the Port of Dover takes pride in setting an example to stakeholders, partners and communities across the world to together, drive a sustainable world for future generations that keeps the economy and communities growing.


Notes to Editors

  • The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
  • As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
  • Dover is also an award-winning cruise port, delivering world class travel and visitor experiences to the most prestigious cruise lines. With a growing and diversifying cargo business operating from state-of-the-art facilities, a brand-new marina which is a major feature of the exciting waterfront development, and opportunities for further expansion in the future, Dover’s proud history dating back 400 years has a new modern twist.
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