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14th July 2015 - Press Release

imPORTant Safety Day at the Port of Dover

Today, the Port of Dover is holding its first ever multi-agency Port Safety Day.

Showcasing at the recently refurbished former Dover Marine Railway Station (home to Cruise Terminal 1), the event includes contributions from various agencies with safety responsibilities, contractors and port stakeholders with live demonstrations, presentations and competitions.

The day kicks off with Kent County Council’s Road Safety Team demonstrating a seatbelt sled to show how seatbelts save lives, followed by a man overboard display by the Port of Dover.  Kent Police will also give a presentation on the work of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

Throughout the day, asbestos decontamination demonstrations are taking place, whilst delegates are being given the opportunity to get close to the large plant equipment used on site at the Port for some of its major infrastructure projects.  A giant excavator will be on hand with people being able to experience operating a large piece of machinery.

Richard Christian, Head of Communications at the Port of Dover, is thrilled that the Port has been able to host the event and demonstrate the importance of safety at Europe’s busiest ferry port.

“The Port of Dover is working hard to keep the town, Port and UK economy moving. By ensuring a safe environment for its staff, customers and the wider Port community, the Port is playing its part to ensure that delays to the operation through safety incidents are minimised.

As we continue to develop the Port to meet future challenges and opportunities, we are committed to ensuring the Port is a safe place to work in and to travel through.  Today’s event is a reflection of the strong safety culture we hold throughout the organisation.”


Notes to Editor

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • The Port of Dover held its first ever Safety Day on Tuesday 14th July 10:00-16:00 at Cruise Terminal 1, Western Docks, Dover
  • Safety event featured:

o    Decontamination Displays

o    Driving simulators

o    Hazard perception

o    Working from heights demonstrations

o    Prizes Up For Grabs

o    Live Road Traffic Collision Demonstrations

o    Seatbelt simulations

o    Man Over Board Demonstrations

o    KCC Road Safety Team

o    Mobile Plant

o    And Much More…


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