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Live exports at Dover given go-ahead

The MV Jolene during trials at Dover Credit: ITV Meridian

Dover Harbour Board has confirmed that the resumption of live animal exports have been given the go ahead.

It said that following two berthing trials the ship, the MV Joline, has been given permission to commence a ferry service from the Port’s Eastern Docks.

The first service is due to happen on Thursday. It's unclear whether this will involve any live exports.

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Berthing trials for live animal exports

The very real possibility that live animal exports could resume from the Port of Dover has brought protests from animal rights supporters - and fury from the RSPCA.

This afternoon, berthing trials took place in the Eastern Docks in preparation for what many farmers hope will be a renewal of the trade between Britain and continental Europe. Tom Savvides reports.

Protest marks animal exports ship arrival for trials

Protesters gather at Dover ahead of the resumption of animal exports at the port

Protesters have gathered at Dover in Kent, as the French ship 'Joline' arrives for berthing trials. The vessel's crew are testing the feasibility of returning the live animal exports trade to the port.

Live animal exports ship Joline arrives at Dover for berthing trials

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Protesters fight return of animal exports to Dover

Campaigners against animal exports are due to gather at Dover docks to protest against the trade. The ship, the Joline, is expected to arrive there to take part in berthing trials ahead of plans to resume animal exports from Dover.

There was earlier controversy when the ship was involved in animal exports to the continent from Ramsgate.

Animal exporters to sue over loss of earnings

Thanet Council is being sued by live animal exporters for loss of earnings during last year's ban on using Ramsgate port.

The ban was put in place after more than 40 sheep had to be put down. But the suspension was overturned following a High Court ruling which sparked a series of protests.

The case is due to be heard in another division of the High Court with three Dutch companies pursuing claims against the Council.

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