8th September 2014 – Holland America Line cruise ship Ryndam and its passengers were given a fond farewell with the Port of Dover’s tugs saluting its valued customer with water cannons as the ship departed for the last time..
This year, the Ryndam made 13 calls at Dover as part of a series of select itineraries including both Baltic and Northern European ports.
The 16 year old ship, which carries more than 1, 500 passengers, is one of four in the Statendam Class, and will now join the P&O Cruises Australia fleet in 2015.
“It has been a pleasure hosting the Holland America Line vessels and passengers over the last few years and we very much hope to welcome them again soon, ” said Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover. “With the restoration of Cruise Terminal 1 soon to be completed, it would be great to see such a long-established line with an excellent reputation call again at this historic terminal.”
- The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest international ferry port, the UK’s second busiest cruise port, operates successful cargo and marina businesses and has a diverse property portfolio
- £89 billion of trade handled per annum
- £320 million GVA to the UK economy per annum
- 2.2 million freight vehicles per annum (98% of freight traffic by weight either originating in or destined for the EU)
- 13 million passengers per annum
- Over 140 cruise liner calls per annum
- Cargo tonnage maintained at record levels
- A major opportunity acting as a catalyst for regeneration of Dover with the potential to create over 600 new jobs, safeguard 140 jobs, develop a new cargo terminal and port centric distribution facility, protect long term port capacity and transform the Waterfront