Dover Harbour Board has put forward plans to revive Dover’s Western Docks with a new cargo terminal.
It reckons that by transferring cargo operations from the Eastern Docks cargo operation to the new terminal it could create extra passenger capacity.
It says the port could create more than 600 new logistics jobs in the area, and safeguard another 140 by developing a new cargo terminal.
Delivering major port development that protects long term port capacity, but delivers jobs and opportunities, will be a significant boost to the region and shows real commitment to Dover, said Cllr Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council.
The board says its vision will enable the port to ensure it has the essential infrastructure in place to serve its customers in the years ahead.
It would also see the opportunity to increase ferry berth capacity in the Eastern Docks, with all cargo operations taking place in the West.
Transforming this part of the port estate can in turn support the wider transformation agenda, one which sees the port and town working together, said chairman of Dover Harbour Board, George Jenkins.
And the ports chief executive, Tim Waggott, added: The port is determined to do more for and with its community while working with its major customers to achieve mutual success for the benefit of the nation.