With Christmas celebrations quickly approaching, many businesses will be closing over the festive period. However, as it does every year, Shoreham Port will remain open throughout Christmas to ensure that Port operations run as smoothly and efficiently as it does at any other time of the year.
A skeleton crew will be in place and Lockmasters Mark Stoner and Allan Geal will be in, manning Harbour Radio to ensure that the lock gates are functional 24/7, even on Christmas Day. Several other dedicated staff will also be working. Ports never sleep and there is always something going on, which is part of the charm and excitement of working in an operational environment.
Allan Geal commented “It’s very important to keep the Port operational throughout Christmas time due to the busy shipping movements we have at Shoreham – we’ll even have ships in on Christmas Eve! All of us from the marine team, from the Lockmasters, to the Coxswains, Pilots and Assistant Lockmasters, will be here at Shoreham Port to ensure that everything runs smoothly.”
Tom Willis, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “Our sincere thanks go to the teams working to keep our Port safe and moving during the Christmas period. It is down to the commitment and enthusiasm of our team that the Port remains open 24/7, no matter what time of year.”
Last week, the Port celebrated their Christmas Jumper Day and took part in a festive staff quiz to raise money for their chosen Christmas charity, Adur Special Needs Project (ASNP), which is a fantastic charity that changes the lives of local children and young people aged 5-18 with special educational needs across the Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham area. The Port also arranged a shoebox appeal, to gather boxes full of gifts for adults and children who access the local Shoreham Foodbank service.
Emily Kenneally, Communications and Stakeholder Manager at Shoreham Port commented “We are thrilled to support ASNP and the shoebox appeal this year with our festive fundraising activities. As a Trust Port, we aim to support our community all-year-round, both through our community donations and team volunteering days. If you are a local charity or group interested in finding out more about how we support the community, please take a look at the stakeholder page of our website.’’
As part of their community engagement, the Port also offers free behind-the-scenes boat tours every summer. If you wish to give the gift of a Shoreham Port boat tour this Christmas, free tickets for their May event can be booked via the Brighton Fringe website – although be warned these are one of the fastest selling of all of the Brighton Fringe events!