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It is often forgotten with everything that is written about giant containerships and the equally giant ports being created to serve them, that one of the busiest ports in the world is Dover, which plays such a central role in linking the UK and continental Europe. Yesterday, Dover Harbour Board’s Harbour Revision Order which would see it able to access debt markets – in its current form as a trust port, it has hitherto been unable to use anything other than existing cash reserves – should allow it to press on with much needed capacity investments.

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