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Dover remains Europe's busiest port

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Dover has had another successful year in 2013 Credit: PA Wire

The port of Dover remains the busiest port in Europe after taking 60% of the market share.

The port's success has also seen Eurotunnel's truck volumes drop by 7% in this key market.

A £85m capital plan with the transformational Traffic Management Improvement Project will improve efficiency and resilience of the port operation.

Dover is leading the way in cross-Channel freight market with a growth of 11% in the first six months.

Tim Waggot, Chief Executive of the port of Dover, said: "Such growth reflects the confidence of our customers in the excellent facilities and service we are all striving to deliver."

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World's biggest cranes on way to port

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Huge quay cranes will be used at London Gateway port Credit: London Gateway

3 cranes are on their way to a new port off the Essex coast. The £3.5 million port in the Thames Estuary opens at the end of this year, and will handle the biggest container ships. The cranes which are taller than the London Eye, will be used to move containers from ship to shore.

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Site of new port, South Essex Credit: ITV Meridian

Port workers balloted for industrial action over "inferior contracts"

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has informed Portsmouth city council that its members are being balloted for industrial action over its decision to dismiss and rehire them on new contracts.The ballot for industrial action, due to conclude on Monday 16 July, involves the port’s quay assistants.

The quay assistants, responsible for tying up and releasing cross channel ferries, are fighting the council's plan to dismiss them and implement a new contract. The new contract will demand that quay assistants guarantee to service vessels beyond their contractual finishing time of midnight.

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