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21st April 2017 - Press Release

Changes to harbour leisure activities

Work has now begun to prepare the harbour for the piling and land reclamation phase of the Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Currently, dredging activity is in operation to remove soft sediments in the harbour prior to the piling commencing on or around the 24th April.

As with all such construction works, this activity will generate both air-driven and waterborne noise caused by the impact of the hammer on the pile.

We have been working hard to deliver a programme that manages the essential piling activity required for DWDR whilst still safely retaining as much use of the harbour for leisure users as possible.

A marine safety exclusion zone was established to ensure that all leisure users, both on the water and the beach, remain outside the recommended 100m action-level area to ensure their safety from exposure to air-driven noise.

A sub-acoustic investigation has been conducted to assess the anticipated noise and sound waves created by this process and has thoroughly evaluated the risk to swimmers from underwater noise.

As a result, there is a recommendation that swimmers, especially those swimming partially submerged and for sustained periods of time, refrain from swimming in the harbour while piling is in progress.

Those using surface craft and wearing properly fitting buoyancy aids at all times may continue to use the harbour as long as they remain outside the safety exclusion zone.

Piling will be limited to the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 2pm
  • There will be NO piling on Sundays and bank holidays


Signage will be displayed in prominent locations along the seafront promenade advising visitors of the changes to the leisure activities.

Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Special Projects, Port of Dover said: “This is very much a partnership with the local community and Port community stakeholders to ensure we deliver the prize of the longed-for regeneration of Dover whilst providing as much harbour leisure use as possible as we carry out these essential construction works in the short term.”

This initial piling stage will run through to the latter part of 2017.



Notes to editors

  1. Port of Dover

The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area. With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:


  • A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover's unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle;
  • Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
  • Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.


DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c.£250m committed for its delivery.

DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award - the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.

For the latest DWDR animations, illustrations and project plans visit www.doverport.co.uk/DWDR.


  1. VSBW

VSBW is a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster to deliver the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £115m, this construction stage will include the design and build of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation, a new marina pier, the marina curve, navigation channel and new lock gates, Bascule Bridge and capital dredging work.


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