The Port of Dover is the cross-channel port situated in Dover, Kent, south-east England. It is the nearest English port to France, at just 34km away, and is the world's busiest passenger port, with 16 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year, with an annual turnover of £58.5 million a year.The port has been owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board, a statutory corporation, since it was formed by Royal Charter in 1606 by King James I. Most of the board members are appointees of the Department for Transport. The port has its own private police force, the Port of Dover Police.InfrastructureThe harbour is divided into two sections, the Eastern Docks and the Western Docks, about apart.Eastern DocksThere are three ferry services to France operating from the nine docks and associated departure buildings of the Eastern Docks:P&O Ferries: 6 ships in service. Up to 29 ferries daily to Calais (motorists and foot passengers).DFDS Seaways: 3 ships in service. Up to 12 ferries daily to Dunkirk (motorists only). DFDS Seaways: 2 ships in service. Up to 10 ferries daily to Calais (motorists only). The eastern docks also used to be served by the now defunct MyFerryLink, LD Lines and Sea France.
Facilities include: onboard toilet, tea and coffee supplied, livebait tank and fish wash, seating inside heated wheelhouse.
Run by father and son Mick and Matt Coker, Mick has been a charter skipper for over 40 years since a boy, Matt has been chartering for 16 years since the age of 18, they both have extensive knowledge of fishing and have fished the English channel area all their lives. Mick, became renowned for his big catches, and was the only boat to set the port record at folkestone, many times, with his latest set at 4462 lb of cod and pollock in 5hrs (404 cod and 40 pollock). He has been nominated for Sea Angler ‘Top Skipper’ and Boat Angler ‘Super Skipper’ awards and his boat has been presented a plaque by Sea Angler Magazine “In recognition of running a first class charter boat that gives both service and value for money to our readers” They also run the well known charter boat Royal Charlotte.
Both the Portia and Royal Charlotte are in constant contact with each other, increasing their scope of fish finding capabilities. Both boats can be hired for competitions and corporate events, evening mackerel trips, and are licensed for film work, survey and safety boat, and scattering of ashes.
GMDSS Training offers the three Association of Marine Electronic Radio Colleges (AMERC) accredited GMDSS courses and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited Short Range Certificate.
Courses meet the standards required by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as administered in the UK by Ofcom and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
A range of RYA courses and courses leading to MCA certification are also available.
GMDSS Training is located in Dover and operates from the head office of Smye-Rumsby, a long established specialist radio-communications engineers serving the maritime industry. Only ten-minutes from main line rail services with regular high speed trains to London, and within easy reach of Gatwick and Heathrow airports, GMDSS Training is ideally located for UK based and international students.
GMDSS Training is a Examination Co-ordination Centre approved by the Association of Marine Electronic Radio Colleges (AMERC) on behalf of the MCA.
Our qualified and experienced lecturers have a range of experience within marine communications. They include former radio officers and merchant navy deck officers, who are able to draw on a wealth of experience at sea, as well as experience from the military, coastguard, RNLI and the communications sector.
GMDSS Training staff have been delivering training for many years and have enjoyed a student pass rate approaching 100% for over a decade.