12 February 2013

Shoreham Port was delighted to welcome Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, DfT to Shoreham Port yesterday. Stephen was accompanied by Tom Oscroft, Policy Adviser at Department for Transport and Charlotte Sanderson, Private Secretary to Stephen Hammond MP.  Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port provided a brief presentation running through current priorities for Shoreham, the Port’s Masterplan, key developments and the Port’s involvement in the local community.

Following the presentation, the Shipping Minister was escorted on a tour of the Port’s commercial East Arm on their Tug ‘Adurni’. This was an excellent opportunity for the Shipping Minister to see firsthand the vast range of cargoes that Shoreham Port handles. The Adurni then sailed past the new Parker Steel state-of-the-art processing complex. The main workshop in the building, at three and a half acres is one of the largest single rooms on the south coast and will provide local employment for up to 200 staff. The next scene of recent investment on the horizon was the specialised grain facility built by Shoreham Silo Services, which has been operational for a few months.  Shoreham Port has recently diversified into further recycled cargoes and a crushed glass operation was visible on the tour.

Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, DfT said “I am keen to get out and visit UK Ports, which provide a vital service to the UK. It was a good opportunity to see Shoreham, one of our coastal niche ports, which handles a broad range of cargoes for Sussex, the surrounding hinterland and beyond.”

James May, Chairman of Shoreham Port commented “It was excellent to welcome the Shipping Minister to Shoreham and to show him around our thriving commercial port”.  Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port continued “I am delighted Stephen found time to visit Shoreham Port and it was a very valuable morning showing him the eclectic mix of operations at the Port and our commitment to investing and developing our infrastructure.”