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3rd August 2015 - Press Release

National Transport Awards shortlist Port of Dover for Port of the Year accolade

The Port of Dover has been shortlisted for the prestigious 'Port of the Year' award at this year's National Transport Awards.

The Port of Dover was able to demonstrate how 2014 was a year of positive community, business and regeneration momentum. Handling £100bn of trade annually and with strong projected growth in the next 15 years, 2014 was a crucial platform for the business in its continued support of UK plc with the community at its heart. 

The Port's award submission highlighted the implementation of corporate governance changes and new structures to increase accountability, the establishment of the Port of Dover Community Fund and a new skills training partnership with East Kent College, increased European engagement to create a fully integrated freight corridor, and significant capacity, environmental, heritage and cultural initiatives.

Dover is up against the container terminal at the Port of Southampton, the new offshore wind development at the Port of Hull, the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, and last year's winners the Port of Tyne. 

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “I am delighted that my staff's unstinting efforts to implement our integrated corporate social responsibility and business strategies have received national recognition.

"2014 was a year of transformation and partnership providing a strong base for future business growth as we look to progress the redevelopment of the Western Docks to ensure that the local community captures the significant employment and regeneration benefits of the scheme.

"I wish the other ports the best of luck and look forward to the awards ceremony."

On hearing Dover had been shortlisted for ‘Port of the Year’, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott said:

"Over this past year the Port of Dover through the creation of a Community Trust has demonstrated its long term commitment to the well-being of the wider Dover Community. The transformation being brought about by the Port's commitment makes it (the Port) well worthy of the award for being Port of the Year"

The 2015 National Transport Awards are organised by Transport Times and supported by the Department for Transport and Passenger Focus. The award ceremony will take place at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London, on 8 October, with Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, as keynote speaker.

On hearing the news of the Port's short-listing, Dan Bridgett of P&O Ferries, said:

“Port of Dover is a key part of Britain’s transport infrastructure on which millions of tourists and hundreds of thousands of businesses rely. We are very pleased to be working closely with the Port of Dover team to deliver 58 sailings every day to and from Calais.”


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.
  • Its flagship Dover Western Docks Revival project represents a major opportunity acting as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Dover with the potential to create over 600 new jobs, safeguard 140 jobs, develop a new cargo terminal and port centric distribution facility, protect long term port capacity and transform the Waterfront.
  • Dover's 2014 Stakeholder Benefit in Numbers: 


  • £51.1m – Total community benefit 
  • £10.3m – Heritage assets and environmental commitments expenditure 
  • £385,000 – Port of Dover Community Fund 
  • 1371 staff training days  
  • 1600 hours – Community and environmental projects and events 
  • 4535 hours – Neighbourhood policing by the Port of Dover Police 
  • 50 hours – Road Safety events 


Issued by Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext. 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)


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