To thank staff for their dedication and commitment, Shoreham Port presents a long service award to any member of staff that has been at the Port for over twenty years. Last month long service awards were presented to Paul Chalmers and Eddie Ryder.
Paul is a Pilot at Shoreham Port and a long-term member of the Marine team and Eddie is a Dockworker, based over at the Operations Division.
Paul joined as a trainee pilot for three months before passing and becoming a fully qualified pilot. Prior to joining the Port, Paul was already a master mariner, ship’s captain and ship handler. Paul had also been a ferry captain for global ferry company ‘Stena Line’ captaining ships from Dover to Calais.
Paul commented “Shoreham Port has modernised considerably since I started twenty years ago. Back in 1995 we didn’t even have a computer in Harbour Radio! Advancements in technology have really helped the industry to become more efficient. The Port is a great place to work and I have a fantastic team around me.”
Eddie started his first full time role as a Dockworker at the Port in 1995. One of Eddie’s earliest memories is working in the cocoa shed, before imports of timber and other more familiar construction cargoes became the Ports main commodities. Eddie has a long connection with the Port with his father previously employed as a Pilot.
Eddie commented “Things have changed a great deal over the past twenty years at the Port. It is a lot busier and there are a lot more people. It has been exciting watching the arrival of new cargoes and seeing the company grow. I work in a great team and we have a laugh everyday which makes the job even more enjoyable.”
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port said “Congratulations to Paul and Eddie on receiving their long service awards. They are both valued members of our team and work tirelessly to keep things running smoothly. It is great to have staff members, like Paul and Eddie, with such a wealth of experience and knowledge about the Port.”