Commercial port

In the late 1970s we reclaimed land to the west of the Royal Harbour to create a modern commercial port facility. The development provided valuable vehicle and storage land and included the necessary Ro-Ro berthing, capable of handling multi-decked vessels and passenger facilities required for a cross-channel ferry service.

In 1985, a third Ro-Ro linkspan was installed and the turning vessel circle was dredged to allow for vessels up to 6.5m draught to berth onto the three linkspans. In 1986 the completion of extended breakwaters gave the Ro-Ro berths all-weather protection and ensured that year-round operations were practicable.

Further hard standing land was reclaimed, which now provides 32 acres of dedicated port land. The port’s approach channel was further widened to accommodate larger vessels. A new passenger terminal was constructed and, in 1999 a new direct relief road tunnel link into the port was completed. Completion of the recent dual carriageway upgrade and extension of the A299 to the Thanet Way provides direct road links to both the M2 and the M25.

Looking out from Port Control


Port buildings


Port Control


Approach Road