This week Shoreham Port ran their first ever public Boat Tours. Held over two days, the Boat Tours enabled many members of the local community the chance to see the hub of Shoreham Port from the water.
The Port invited many local stakeholder groups including nearby schools, community groups and business clubs. The Boat Tours were put on as an alternative to the Open Day and proved to be a hugely popular event, especially with free ice cream on offer after each trip!
On-board touring boat ‘Rossann’ visitors embarked on a cruise along the quay side of the canal. Each boat trip had live commentary from Shoreham Port staff. As each trip headed down the canal and a number of landmarks and areas were pointed out including the Power Station, warehouses and a wide variety of cargoes.
The Port ‘tour guides’ went into detail about the running of Shoreham Port and the different countries that use Shoreham to deliver essential materials such as timber, steel, sand and grain. Visitors saw the Operations Division in action unloading one of the many commercial vessels that visits the Port each day.
All on-board listened attentively as other interesting and unusual facts were mentioned. For instance, did you know that the road next to the North Bank collapsed into the canal in 1957 and traffic was directed through Southwick until a resolution was found three months later to stabilise the road?
Mr Fawcett, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Blackmer from Eastbrook Primary Academy all attended the boat tours and commented “Our Year 6 pupils found the boat trip very informative and interesting. They especially loved the ice creams at the end and would like to say a big thank you to the organisers.”
Abby Moreton, Membership & Website Manager at the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce commented “On Tuesday 14th July 60 Brighton Chamber members took over a boat with Rodney Lunn, the Chief Executive of Shoreham Port as the tour guide. We all had a brilliant time – partly due to the entertaining commentary, and partly to do with the glorious sunshine. What a fascinating place, steeped in history and thriving in industry – who knew so much went on down there?! A fantastic trip!”
Brian Warren from Quick HR commented “I had no idea how large the Port is and that it contained such a variety of business activities until the tour. The boat tour was fantastic and so well-organised.”
Tracey Allen, Director at SEA PR added “I never realised the amount of activity and international trade that goes on in Shoreham Port. It truly is a hub of business relations and social activity and the tour is a must do activity for anyone who has lived or worked in Brighton and could be accused of taking Shoreham Port for granted.”
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port commented “being so close to our neighbours we always like to be open and transparent in what we do, so it was a fantastic way to show first hand what goes on and for our local community to see where 1,600 jobs are created. The Port has been here over 250 years and has always been a key local economic driver”
With the Boat Tours being such a great success this year, the Port will be holding the event again in 2016. Check the Port’s website www.shoreham-port.co.uk and follow @shoreham_port on Twitter for updates about next year’s Boat Tours.