October is set to be another busy month for ship visits at Shoreham Port. Ship calls have been growing during the year with a mixture of cargoes being loaded and unloaded. In particular, bookings for steel, timber and bulk cargoes continue to rise as the demand for these products remains good.
The Port’s Operations Division is fully prepared for the increase in shipping volumes with efficient plant and machinery and skilled dockworkers on hand to ensure vessels have a quick turnaround time. Additional staff, plus three new apprentices have recently joined the thriving Port.
In addition to the increase in the traditional cargo shipments, the Port is also well equipped to accommodate multiple survey vessels, which are beginning preparations for the Rampion Offshore windfarm. From the A259 you will be able to see such vessels as FS Pegasus and the Vigilant moored up, taking on crew/spares and water. The survey vessels carry out a number of duties including environmental surveying, trawl surveys and searching for unexploded ordinance.
October is also scallop season in the fishing industry and you will see many trawlers lined up along the newly widened Power Station Quay. The Operations and Marine Division works hard every day to ensure there is plenty of berthing space available to welcome new vessels alongside regular visitors to the Port.
Alan Motterham, Commercial and Operations Director at Shoreham Port added “We’re all set for a busy last quarter. It is great that we have the facilities to accommodate a variety of different vessels and meet their needs. The Port covers a vast area, therefore our Marine and Operations departments work very closely to ensure our high levels of customer service are delivered to everyone who enters the Port.”