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Boulogne Calais Port

Ferry Terminal

Terminal receiving accompanied and unaccompanied traffic transhipping onto double-deck ferries.

At the Calais facility, the terminal is operated by the shipping companies P&O FERRIES, DFDS SEAWAYS and Irish Ferries. Nine ships service the Calais-Dover line with up to 50 crossings in each direction 24/24, 7/7.

Maritime equipment

The ferry terminal in the Calais facility has five berths equipped with double-deck linkspans allowing the loading/unloading of two ship decks simultaneously. These linkspans can receive five vessels of up to 213 m. The berths border the outer port of Calais and the Henri Ravisse deepwater dock accessible directly via the port entrance channel.

The operating capacity of the double-deck ferries ensures five round trips by vessel on the Calais-Dover route and offers an unrivalled daily transport capacity to the United Kingdom.




The Boulogne-sur-Mer facility has a translatable two-lane double-deck Ro-Ro linkspan which enables it to receive all types of car ferries and ferry-boats of maximum length 210 metres. This ferry terminal is not operated at present.  



Ship mooring is performed by Boulogne Calais Port.


Location and access

The ferry terminal is directly accessible from the A16 and A26 motorways and via municipal roads.


Onshore equipment and organisation of traffic in the port 


The ferry terminal sees several thousand vehicle combinations transshipped each day. Boulogne Calais Port has installed major facilities to ensure the safe passage of passengers, drivers and freight.


There is direct access from the motorway.

If the terminal is congested, access is diverted to a buffer area providing storage for more than 800 heavy goods vehicles sorted in advance according to the ferry company chosen to make the crossing. This area is protected by an efficient security system.





The heavy goods vehicles are directed to the security and commercial checking area. Document checks and inspections of vehicles are carried out there by the appointed authorities. Customers are registered there on the shipping company of their choice.


  • Checking and inspection of individuals and their vehicles

The authorities check drivers, as passengers subject to identity checks on leaving the Schengen Area and entering British territory. They may undergo a customs check. Presentation to the inspection authorities of their personal travel documents (identity papers, passports) is systematic and compulsory (Police Aux Frontières, United Kingdom Border Force, French customs authorities).


Passengers' identities are collected by the shipping companies. This collection allows individuals to become passengers having a travel pass (ticket). The collection also makes it possible to establish the onboard manifest. This data collection takes place in the registration stalls. The Boulogne Calais Port personnel and the state's civil servants may, depending on their competencies and jurisdictions, check and inspect vehicles for security purposes (ISPS code) or as part of the combat against illegal immigration between France and the United Kingdom.



  • Checking and inspection of cargo

Cargo is subject to checks for maritime security and as part of customs checks for duties and taxes.

The shipping companies ask to check cargo documents (CMR) in order to ensure compliance with the IMDG code and maritime security. The shipping companies are responsible for interfacing with the harbour master's office in charge of application of the code in the port. The shipping companies' employees are trained in translating the ADR regulations into IMDG. These documents are checked in the registration stall. In the event of missing documents or for the collection of additional information, an investigation will be made in the shipping company's freight office.

Live animals are covered by a special procedure with a view to their acceptance in the United Kingdom. Passengers are asked to contact their shipping company for more details on the procedure.


The customs authorities are required to check cargo documents as part of the combat against illegal trafficking. The document checks may lead to an inspection of the vehicle, with the sequels and consequences provided for by the Customs Code.


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Facilities for receiving passengers in the ferry terminal

When they park in the boarding lines, and pending loading on board a ferry, transport operators have dining points and washrooms. Passengers are invited to use the pedestrian roads which will allow them to travel safely.