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Port Information

Using the port

Dover VTS

Port of Dover VTS manages and oversees safety of navigation in Europe’s busiest Ferry port and one of the best-known locations for cross-Channel sailing.

From the state-of-the-art Operation Room, with 360 degree views around the Port and located at Dover’s Eastern Entrance, the 10 VTS Officers deliver a Traffic Organisation Service and Traffic Information Service on VHF 74 to:

  • Approximately 120 ferry movements a day
  • 120 cruise ships a year
  • 160 cargo ships a year

VTS Information

VHF Channel: 74 (Dover VTS)
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 240400

VHF Channel: 80 (Marina)
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 241 663

Entry procedure


When 2 miles away

Call ‘Dover VTS’ on VHF Ch.74 or on +44 (0)1304 206063 or Marina Office on +44(0)1304 241669 to use the entrances.


Advise Dover VTS

Advise Dover VTS – who you are, where you are and where you want to go. Advise Dover VTS of the vessel’s dimensions and of any defects.


Stop at red lights

When three red lights are displayed at the entrances, DO NOT proceed without specific permission from Port Control.


When 200m off

Call ‘Dover VTS’ back when 200m off for permission to enter. Maintain a listening watch on VHF Ch.74 at all times and follow the instructions from Port Control


Crossing the harbour

When crossing the Harbour, keep well clear of the ferry berths and cruise berths.


Small craft

Small craft may be expected to wait near the South Cardinal Mark until the outbound traffic from the Marina is clear.

Objectives of VTS

  • Safety of life at sea
  • Safety of navigation
  • Efficiency of vessel traffic movement
  • Protection of the marine environment
  • Protection of the adjacent communities and infrastructure
  • Contribution to the efficiency of related activities and supporting maritime security

In order to deliver these objectives, it is essential that VTS Officers have access to a comprehensive traffic image at all times including factors influencing marine traffic movements, such as weather and sea conditions. In addition, VTS Officers must be presented with information about all participating vessels and their intention, in ample time, to allow for a full assessment of the situation and the appropriate control of traffic.

Therefore, it is imperative that Leisure Craft are in constant contact with Dover VTS so they may be advised, in ample time, of the intentions of other vessels in the vicinity.

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