Marauding gangs attempted to storm the motorwaey leading to the port as the crisis in the town spirals out of control.
Refugees lit fires and barricaded the road as they tried to ambush traffic heading to the ferry terminal.
The chaos forced traffic to a standstill for over an hour as heavily armed officers desperately battled to restore order.
The tense stand off saw riot police in body armour and carrying shields fire tear gas into the shantytown as balaclava-clad refugees taunted them.
One officer said: “This is happening regularly - the migrants try to get on to the motorway.”
The Daily Express was able to capture the striking images after being caught in the gridlock just a mile from the docks.
The shocking scenes sparked fears of a fresh wave of violence as British families return home after their summer holidays.
Over the weekend the A16 and A216 motorways leading to the ferry port will be clogged with thousands of vehicles.
The shocking incident was one of a number of similar events around Calais staged by migrants in recent weeks.
Credit to Express.co.uk