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18th December 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover's 12 Days of Christmas

As the Port of Dover helps hundreds of thousands of customers on their way home for the festive season, in the style of that ol' favourite, 'the 12 days of Christmas', here's what makes our Operation imPORTant as we continue to work hard to keep traffic, Dover and the UK economy moving.

12 days of Christmas at the Port welcoming over half a million customers

11 cross Channel ferries operated by DFDS Seaways and P&O Ferries       

10 minutes between every vessel movement in the harbour      

9 thousand visiting yachts to Dover Marina a year

8 thousand tourist vehicles over the 12 days of Christmas

7 thousand freight vehicles a day on average

6 thousand tonnes of fresh produce a week through the Dover Cargo Terminal

5 million vehicles including; freight, tourist and coaches a year

4 million coach customers a year

3 hundred and sixty-four days open, closed only on Christmas Day

2 hundred thousand cruise passengers passing through the UK’s second busiest cruise port a year

...and £1 hundred billion of UK/European trade a year 


Merry Christmas from the Port of Dover!



Note to Editors:

Here are some interesting facts with a festive twist:


  • Taking the 12 days of Christmas… the total weight of all gifts mentioned in the festive song equates to around 12 tonnes. In the last 12 months, the Port of Dover carried almost 25 million tonnes, the equivalent of 2 million giant 12 Days of Christmas presents.


  • To achieve the 2 million movements of the 12 days of Christmas through Dover, the Port would need a population of Maids, Ladies, Lords, Pipers and Drummers equivalent to the combined population of the UK and Poland.  The Port would also have to borrow about 6 million cows to add to the 10 million already in the UK to productively employ the maids.


  • If all Port of Dover outbound freight consisted of nothing but mince pies, there would be enough for every person on the planet to receive just over 100 mince pies every year.


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