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The English Channel (French La Manche) joins The North Sea to The Atlantic Ocean and separates northern France from southern England. The English Channel is often simply referred to as Channel and is at it's narrowest point in The Strait of Dover. There are several islands in the English Channel, like Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man, called The Channel Islands. The average dept of the English Channel is 120 meters, but at the part between Dover and Calais the average dept is 45 meters. The English Channel played an important part during the Second World War when it was the stage for an intensive coastal war. The English Channel is the world's busiest seaway, over 500 ships pass through the Channel every day on their way to ports such as Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Besides the Channel Tunnel, connecting the UK and France by rail between Folkestone and Calais, the Channel has the following important ferry routes: Dover-Calais, Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Boulogne, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth- Ouistreham, Portsmouth-Cherbourg, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Portsmouth-Saint Malo, Portsmouth- Jersey and Guernsey, Poole-Saint Malo, Poole-Cherbourg, Weymouth-Saint Malo, Plymouth-Roscoff. Important companies providing channel crossing services are: Eurostar Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries, MyFerrieLink and Brittany Ferries.