Filming with DFDS

We work with news crews, television production companies and students to facilitate filming on our Dover to France and Newcastle to Amsterdam routes.

We do not charge a fee for news and documentaries when the story is about the ferry industry or our services and provided your production crew is fewer than five people. A fee will apply for all other filming, including commercial productions, educational films and student films.

We will not permit filming on board our ships for the following:

  • Corporate productions and advertising
  • Charity films (unless in support of national seafarers charities, the RNLI, the Royal British Legion or regional charities in the areas from which we operate)
  • Reality / talent shows
  • Under no circumstances will we allow you to interview or film our ferry Captains on the bridge of the ship during the crossing
  • Requests to film on the Newhaven-Dieppe service

Please complete and submit an application form​ to Dover.PR@dfds.comat least ten working days in advance of your proposed filming date.

About our services

We operate six ships on our routes from Dover to France (three Dover-Calais and three Dover-Dunkirk), providing 54 sailings per day on those routes. There is a tight turnaround in port at Dover and Calais for these ships, so all filming should take place during the 90 minute crossing.

We also operate two ships from Newcastle to Amsterdam, providing one daily sailing in each direction. The ship lays-over in Newcastle between 10.00 and 14.00 each day and we will consider requests to film on board during this period.


We will apply a charge for commercial filming on board our ships and, while we will try to accommodate news and current affairs filming where we can, we reserve the right to apply a charge.

Considerations before permission is given include the impact of the filming on our operational teams and customers. The information provided here is a guideline only and filming requests will be considered on individual merit with fees applied based on impacts. Charging for filming allows us to provide a dedicated member of our PR team to accompany you on the day and assist with your filming.

Eastern Channel ​Half day (one round trip) ​Full day (more than one round trip)​
​News / documentary / partner organisation with branding offered£0​£300​
​News / documentary / TV drama / partner organisation / charity / short film no branding offered​£800 £1,400
​Feature films​£1,600£3,000​
North Sea ​Single day onboard Additional days​
​News / documentary / partner organisation with branding offered​£0Extra £400 per day​
​News / documentary / TV drama / partner organisation / charity / short film no branding offered£1,200​Extra £800 per day​
​Feature films​£2,500Extra £1,000 per day​​

Public liability insurance

You will need to have Public Liability Insurance for all of your filming. If you are a student you will need your university to cover you on their insurance.

Filming at ports

Any filming at ports must be approved by the appropriate port authority and will be subject to completion of the port’s safety and security inductions. A minimum of five working days’ notice is required by all ports to process your filming request.

Port of Dover – Please contact the port’s communications team directly to obtain permission at​ or on 01304 240400

Port of Calais – Please contact Isabelle Fauquet at or on 0033 321 462 910

Port of Tyne – Please contact Lisa Donohoe at​ or on 01914 407463

Port of Dunkirk – Please contact Marie-Elizabeth Bogucki on 00 33 28 28 77 63

Hiring ships

It is not possible to hire a ship for the purpose of filming on board for a prolonged period. All of our ships are employed on our routes serving customers on a daily basis and we do not have the capacity to take a ship out of service to accommodate filming.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​