15 July 2016

This week Shoreham Port hosted two days of Boat Tours for members of the public, local school groups, community associations and business groups. Now in its second year, the two-day Boat tours event has grown in popularity and all of the tours were fully booked ahead of this year’s event.

The Boat tours gave visitors the opportunity to view Shoreham Port from the water, taking in all the action from the terminals with live commentary from Port staff along the way. Members of the team were also on hand to answer questions and talk about life working for one of the South Coast’s busiest commercial ports.

After the 45 minute boat tour visitors were treated to a complimentary ice cream and hot drink, both very welcome whether rain or shine!

Local Resident, June commented “I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the boat trip around the Port today, what a great idea! Your staff were very welcoming and informative and the refreshments were much appreciated, thank you.” Another visitor commented “My Glebe schoolchild attended a tour yesterday as a class trip and they all absolutely loved it - especially the ice-creams!” One visitor on Facebook added “10 out of 10 to Shoreham Port today regarding the boat trips. Free coffee and ice creams and friendly staff made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive commented “We had a fantastic two days meeting many different members of our community, from school children to local residents who have lived by the Port their whole life. We had a short downpour on the Tuesday but it didn’t damper our spirits and some said it even added to the excitement on the boat! We are really looking forward to an extended schedule of Boat Tours next year.”

Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port added “Thank you to everyone who came down to the Port for a boat tour this week. It was great to see such enthusiasm for the Port and to meet so many members of our local community, and those from further afield. The Port is undergoing a significant period of development and it is great that we can share news of this with so many interested visitors.”

In addition to the tours the Port ran a social media photography competition, inviting visitors to upload their favourite photos from the day on Twitter or Facebook using the #shorehamport to automatically be entered into the competition.

The prizes on offer were two Amazon vouchers worth £25. One of the vouchers was awarded to David Shampton for his striking image of a crane with a beautiful blue sky backdrop and the other prize was awarded to Parsons Son & Basley, an apartment sales and lettings firm based in Brighton.

Parsons Son & Basley had their snow dog ‘Basley’ join them on the boat tour and captured a great shot of Basley looking out over the harbour. Basley is part of an extraordinary public art trail in Brighton & Hove run by Martlets Hospice and Wild in Art. After everyone has enjoyed the Snowdogs by the Sea sculptures they will be auctioned to raise funds for Martlets Hospice. Instead of the £25 voucher the Port has donated the amount directly to the Martlets Hospice. 

The Boat Tours will be taking place over four days in July 2017. Full details will be released shortly and will be available to view on the website at www.shoreham-port.co.uk/events. To find out more about Snowdogs by the Sea please visit www.snowdogsbythesea.co.uk.

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