New figures show a big increase in cruise passengers using ports in the South.
Protesters turned out as live animal exports resumed at the Port of Dover amid renewed calls for an end to the controversial trade.
A Surrey man has been jailed for five years after admitting heroin smuggling into Dover.
A travel centre at the Port of Dover that has welcomed millions of passengers over the past 30 years will close next week.
The building will be demolished as part of a Traffic Management Project that is transforming the port.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Freight vehicle numbers have virtually trebled over the past thirty years and we want to create a new welcome for our customers, one that delivers enhanced efficiency, flexibility and fantastic customer service."
The demolition is due to be completed by mid-September 2014 to allow two outbound traffic lanes to be maintained during peak teams with minimal impact on inbound traffic.
Following the centre's closure. a new passenger lounge has opened and the Arrivals Area has been refurbished.
Mr Waggott added: "The Travel Centre has faithfully served our customers over a long period of time, but in order to be the best port in the world, we need to move with the times and that means keeping the £89 billion of goods that come through the Port moving."
Painting is now underway on the South Foreland Lighthouse in Kent. It's part of the building's biggest conservation work since the National Trust took ownership twenty five years ago. This from John Ryall.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised local churches for working together to help people who need to use food banks. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking after the annual Good Friday Procession of Witness in Dover this morning.
He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has been leading church-goers and local residents through Dover in the Procession of Witness. He carried a cross through the town, stopping to preach to people in Market Square. He then carried the cross up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the Procession of Witness through Dover. He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.
For most people, a journey from London to Dover and back is a simple matter of getting in the car or on a train - and a couple of hours later, the journey's over. But this weekend seven lads from Kent are doing that trip, both ways - on scooters.
David Johns went to see them preparing for their epic journey and spoke to Nick Hardinges and Luka Syplywczak.
More than 80kg of heroin and cocaine with the street value of millions of pounds has been seized by the port of Dover.
A lorry carrying roofing material was stopped at Dover's Eastern docks on the 9th April, after a detector dog discovered the drugs.
The Home Office said that around 48kg of heroin and 34 kgs of cocaine were found.
A 36-year-old man from Romford in Essex was arrested and has been bailed until the 4th June.
– Paul Morgan, director of Border Force South East and Europe
Heroin and cocaine are vile and destructive drugs, which ruin the lives of users and the wider community. Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK."
Plans for a massive development of the Port of Dover can go ahead after the Shipping Minister arrived in the town to lay out his plan for the Port's future today.
He said he wanted to put the people of Dover at the heart of decision making - and allow the board to raise the money needed for its ambitious development plans.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, UNITE steward Michael Doel and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.
Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has set out plans for the future of the Port of Dover.
The plans will enable the community and port to work together, boosting commercial development and potentially regenerating the port.
Stephen Hammond said:
– Stephen Hammond, Shipping and Transport Minister
Dover is a thriving port with a proud history and today I have set out changes to the port’s constitution and financial powers that will help it grow in the future, and put the community at the heart of decision-making at the port.
I believe these steps are what is needed to secure a shared and enduring future for the port. I now urge the town and the port to work together to deliver its full potential.