This month Port employees look back over the career of Chris Bunby, who has dedicated over 29 years of his working life to Shoreham Port. Chris made the transition from full time to part time work last year and after easing himself into retirement he is now ready to fully retire. Chris joined the Port in 1986, starting in the marine department where he swiftly took on the role of Coxswain. With his in depth understanding of the local area and the way of the waters it was a role he soon thrived in. Latterly Chris has been dividing his time between the marine and engineering departments, providing support in a range of areas.
Chris commented “the Port were kind to give me the opportunity to take my retirement gradually. It would have been quite the shock to the system otherwise.”
Nicky Goldsbrough, Corporate Services Manager said “we would like thank Chris for all the hard work and dedication he has shown the Port over the years. The support he has given his colleagues, training them up and sharing his experience with them, has been invaluable. We are sorry to see Chris go and wish him well in his retirement”.
Chris continued “reducing my hours was the boost I needed as I wasn’t ready to give up work completely. It gave me the time to adjust to working less in a new area which was interesting and enjoyable. Retiring fully at this point is definitely good timing across the board, especially with the arrival of the three new engineering apprentices last week”. With lots of exciting projects to look forward to Chris wishes the new members of staff luck whilst he embarks on a well earnt rest!
Overseeing Chris’s contribution to the marine department for many years, Julian Seaman, Harbour Master said “A big thank you to Chris for continuing to give us the benefit of his vast experience over the past year. I would like to wish him all the best now he has decided to hang up his Sowester!”.
Tony Parker, Director of Engineering added “Chris is an important and popular member of the engineering team and he has certainly earned a long and happy retirement. We would all like to wish him well".