Twenty students who have just embarked on their MSc studies at City, University of London enjoyed an insightful tour of Shoreham Port this Wednesday. The MSc is designed to train professionals for the various sectors within the sea transport industries. The course focuses on maritime operations, management, law, technology and the related business environment. There is also emphasis on port security, risk management, marine environmental and offshore studies.
Students met in Shoreham Port’s Visitor Centre for refreshments before having a ‘behind-the-scenes’ guided tour around the Port, led by Director of Engineering, Tony Parker. The students were particularly interested to hear that ships of the type that visit Shoreham use up to 25 times less fuel than road trucks for each tonne of cargo and that each ship takes up to 225 long-haul heavy goods vehicles off our roads.
The group were delighted to see areas usually inaccessible to the public including Harbour Radio, Power Station Quay and the steel terminal. They also learnt about the Ports Eco status and the many measures the Port has taken to be more sustainable including solar panels, wind turbines and efficient new Pump House equipment.
Valerie Stringer FICS, Module Leader for Marketing of Maritime Services commented ‘’The opportunity afforded by this multi-purpose port to get close up and have the varied daily Port operations activities explained in detail by Tony Parker, was much appreciated by the students and visiting lecturers alike. A big thank you is due to the friendly team at Shoreham Port for accommodating them!’’.
Tony Parker, Director of Engineering commented “Shoreham Port is an important cog in the transport infrastructure of our region and is a fine example of how ports like us can benefit both our economy and our environment. The students asked many searching questions about the operations and facilities they observed on the tour and I’m sure they will apply many of the insights they gained to the rest of their education and future careers.”