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TEL: +44 (0)1304 240 400 ext. 4075
E-mail: VTSInfo@doverport.co.uk

Dover Marina:
VHF CH80    
Dover Port Control:
VHF CH74  


Harbour House
Marine Parade
Dover, Kent
CT17 9BU
  Tel: +44 (0) 1304 240400

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Vessel Traffic Service (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.


Dover Port Control

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:


In addition, it services approximately 3,750 visiting yachts and small craft, plus local berth holders.

Dover port Control is in constant contact with the Harbour Patrol Launch, which will be directed to intercept any vessel not complying with Port Control's instructions or to assist as required.

There are 10 fully qualified VTS Officers who receive refresher training every three years to keep up-to-date with improvements in the industry, showing the commitment of Dover's VTS to deliver an excellent service to the Port's Marine customers and leisure community.

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IMPORTANT: Please contact the Marina Office before your planned trip to ensure entry. There are ongoing Developments

Marina Office +44 (0) 1304 241 663 or email marina@doverport.co.uk


Objectives of VTS


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 Port Control so they may be advised, in ample time, of the intentions of other vessels in the vicinity.

How do we deliver VTS?


VTS Levels around the Port


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