Last week a group of Masters students from City, University of London enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Shoreham Port. The students were shown around key areas of the Port by Shoreham Port’s Director of Engineering and inhouse tour guide, Tony Parker.
The students visited Shoreham to expand their knowledge of the different types of Port operations that take place. They learnt about the need for dredging, the prevailing weather influences on the Port and the importance of being environmentally aware.
As an open and transparent Trust Port, Shoreham Port regularly invites students for behind-the-scenes tours. Tours offer students a unique opportunity to visit areas of the Port which are usually off limits to the public. They can witness at firsthand the activities taking place and the many job roles which enable the Port to run smoothly.
The group were taken around the Port on a coach and visited sites including Brighton Terminal, the new warehouse on the Outer Layby, the Dry Dock and the Pump House, where they learnt about the importance of engineering at the Port.
Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port commented “It’s always a great pleasure to show students from City, University of London around Shoreham Port. The sophisticated ‘Track-a-Pack’ system for keeping stock of the 80,000 cubic metres of timber on the Port, the carefully managed quality control of grain for export, the sheer power of the pumps used to keep the water levels topped up and a myriad of other details are always real eye-openers.”
Valerie Stringer, Module Leader of Marketing of Maritime Services at City, University of London commented “I am grateful to Shoreham Port for facilitating this visit, particularly as it provides a classic example of the need to adapt to change and respond to supply and demand by diversifying from the traditional trades of the past, in order not just to survive, but to flourish. A big thank you to the Port and Tony Parker for the tour!”