Travel and Weather Information
Over 10 million passengers, 1.3 million tourist vehicles and 2 million freight vehicles choose the Port of Dover as their gateway to the Continent and the United Kingdom. Scheduled ferry crossings are on offer 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, with a departure on average every 30 minutes.
There are currently three ferry operators running from the Port of Dover; DFDS, Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries. Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries operate services from Dover to Calais, while DFDS operates ferry services to both Calais and Dunkerque.
The shipping forecast is compiled by the UK Meteorological Office (Met Office) and is issued on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The forecast is issued four times a day at 2300, 0500, 1100 and 1700 UTC and covers a period of 24 hours from 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC respectively.
The forecast contains details of gale warnings in force, a general synopsis and sea-area forecasts containing forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility. Gale warnings are issued as required throughout the day (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).
- The latest Shipping Forecast from the Met Office is available here
Weather bulletins for shipping are broadcast daily on BBC Radio 4 at the following times:
- 0048 and 0520 (long wave and FM)
- 1201 and 1754 (normally long wave only)
The Shipping forecast is also available to UK residents to listen to online via the BBC iPlayer.