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Port of Dover looks ahead to a promising future after multiple awards success

The Port of Dover has proven its unrelenting national and international business credentials with five finalist entries in a string of high profile, reputable industry awards categories this year – the most it has ever achieved in a single year.

Shortlisted in the 2019 ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation) awards, FTA (Freight Transport Association) Logistics Awards and most recently, the first ever Maritime UK Awards, the Port is leading the way with its thriving and forward-thinking business.

Doug Bannister, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover said:

“2019 is a huge year for us – we are a constantly evolving, major UK port, but there has never been a more prominent time to ensure that our businesses and operations are top class and innovative to keep up with the demands of an ever-changing environment.

We are delivering some of the biggest projects in our history this year, so I’m delighted that our drive for ever greater success as the port of choice has been recognised on a national and global scale through a variety of awards within the sector. With new infrastructure and a highly talented and diverse team, I’m sure that we will provide our customers with endless opportunities in the future.”

The Port has been selected as a finalist amongst many influential companies in the following awards categories, with the winners announced this autumn/winter:

  • The first ever Maritime UK awards for both International Trade and Sustainability.
  • The only UK Port to be shortlisted in the ESPO Award 2019 (European Sea Ports Organisation), which celebrates port and community integration.
  • The Water Business of the Year and Diversity categories in the FTA Logistics Awards (Freight Transport Association).

With much success already, the Port will continue to push forward and set the standard with its ever evolving business in the years to come.


  • 2019 also sees the completion of the first stages of the Dover Western Docks Revival, a £250 million development that is transforming the western part of the Port and providing new growth opportunities across the ferry, cruise, cargo, marina and property businesses.
  • Incorporating a state of the art refrigerated cargo terminal, the new facilities follow recent success in Port of Dover Cargo Ltd becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) for imports and exports, having been granted an official, internationally recognised quality mark for both customs simplification and security and safety.
  • The Port also hosted Saga Cruises’ newbuild Spirit of Discovery and its naming ceremony on one of the brand new western docks berths in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.