Shingle Bypassing

Shingle Recycling

There is a natural process of shingle movement along the Sussex coast from west to east, which results in the build up of approximately 15,000 cubic metres of shingle annually at the east end of Shoreham Beach, where its progress is blocked by the west breakwater. It is the blocking of further eastwards shingle movement by the harbour entrance breakwaters that causes the erosion problems on Southwick Beach.

Shoreham Port has powers under the Harbour Act to undertake a programme of shingle bypassing, whereby shingle is excavated from the west side of the entrance and transported and placed on the east side. This process is split evenly between spring and autumn campaigns and care is taken to minimise the impact of the operation on local residents.

Studies have shown that as a result of shingle bypassing, beach volumes along the Port have improved and stabilised.

The shingle bypassing operation is supported by the South Downs Shoreline Management Plan and by the two coastal defence strategies that define the needs for sea defence improvements between the River Arun and Brighton Marina.


Kingston Beach Recycling 

Kingston Beach is very dynamic, in that waves entering the harbour and spending themselves on the beach cause a movement of shingle from west to east.Thus the beach is eroding at its western end in front of the lighthouse and is building up at its eastern end at a terminal groyne.

In order to counter the erosion effect and to avoid shingle being lost over the terminal groyne, Shoreham Port undertakes shingle recycling operations as and when required, but typically, every four or five years, whereby shingle is excavated from the terminal groyne area and transported back to the western end, filling in areas of erosion.

2016 Annual Report Timeline

Work begins on converting lights around the Port to LED energy efficient bulbs

Port staff are reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace with a thought provoking talk from Proud 2b Safe

Port assists Southwick Cricket Club and Shoreham Academy with the purchase of new cricket nets for the community

Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn is elected as Chairman of the British Ports Association

Community gathers to welcome HMS Shoreham back to the Port

Port thanks customers at annual raceday at Fontwell Park

Hundreds enjoy unique behind-the-scenes boat tour of the Port

The new wind turbines become fully operational

Port staff help complete Mile Oak Primary science bus project

Port celebrates prestigious environmental award for investigating and responding to an odour and oil seepage in the sea at Portslade Beach

The Engineering team successfully replace the sluice valve at the south east corner of the Prince Phillip Lock

Shoreham Port shows it support to Brighton & Hove City Mission Food Bank as their chosen Christmas Charity for 2016

Shoreham Port Speed Limit