Port Services

A keystone of George Hammond PLC is the provision of port services. From our head office in Dover we are ideally positioned to perform a wide range of stevedoring and freight forwarding tasks on behalf of our clients. We are trusted by all major names of reefer shipping and handle cargo on weekly services from South & Central America & seasonal services from New Zealand. Indeed our services have helped transform Dover into a leading UK hub for the year round import of fresh produce.

Port Services

One of our keys to the success of our port services division is the vast experience of our team.  Based within the Port of Dover our staff offer a comprehensive range of services, from customs entry and clearance, liaison with ships’ agency and stevedores, cargo sorting and handling, ambient and temperature controlled storage, box end labelling, as well as full and part load transport and freight forwarding to UK and other European destinations.

Our dedicated handling team achieve an average discharge rate of 120 pallets per hour with peak discharge rates far in excess of this. With the majority of vessels discharging part cargoes at Dover, a quick dispatch and the port’s unique position adjacent to the shipping lanes in the Dover Strait allow vessels to discharge and sail to ports such as Antwerp (12 hours), Zeebrugge (6 hours), Rotterdam (10 hours) or Hamburg (24 hours), often in time for a next morning commencement.

Technical Information

The Port of Dover

Dover Cargo Terminal offers 24-hour access and a minimum 8.5m draft at all states of the tide. The South Jetty takes vessels up to a 190m length. Two GOTTWALD mobile harbour cranes are used to provide fast cycle lifting, and there are linked quayside a 7000 pallet capacity temperature controlled store with 10 chambers covering a range from 0° to + 15°C.


Container Handling

With the increasing trend towards greater use of deck-stowed 40’ reefer containers, Investment has been made to provide full working capacity with both reefer and container feeder vessels. Equipment includes specially designed spreaders, GOTTWALD mobile harbour crane, Bromma container lifting spreader, tugs and 40’ roll platforms, 160 reefer plug-in points plus container access ramps. Vessels are regularly discharge, stripped and reloaded with up to 100 FEU’s. Our terminal facility can also provide for storage of up to 300 empty FEU’s.


Grain Loading

The division operates two elevators, capable of loading vessels with grain ex tipper lorry for export. This service is available from the berth at Cruise Terminal 1, at Dover Western Docks. A weighbridge is located adjacent to the terminal with facilities for quality control purposes.



Contact Info

+44 (0)1304 222100
George Hammond PLC
Dover Cargo Terminal
Eastern Docks
Kent CT16 1JA

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