This week Shoreham Port ran their first boat tours on behalf of the Brighton Fringe. After the success of the Ports boat tours last summer, it was a natural progression for the Port to host an extra day of tours in aid of the Brighton Fringe. These tours enable many members of the local community to see the hub of Shoreham Port from the water.
Brighton Fringe is a vibrant festival that encompasses the community in its aim to celebrate all things creative and local. This is why Shoreham Port was eager to become part of such a prestigious event, with one of the Port’s key focuses being on its stakeholders and the local area.
The Port was able to put on four tours across the day to cater for the interests of their local community. Amongst the attendees were local families and clubs from the area. The event proved to be hugely popular amongst all that attended, especially with the free ice creams on offer after each trip!
On-board the touring boat ‘Rossann’ visitors embarked on a cruise along the quay side of the canal. Each boat trip had a live commentary from either the Port’s Property Manager, Tim Hague; Corporate Services Manager, Nicky Goldsbrough and Director of Engineering, Tony Parker. The commentators shared their abundance of knowledge about the Port and its landmarks, for example the Power Station and variety of cargoes on the quay. Visitors were able to learn and see for themselves what goes on at the Port on a daily basis.
The Port tour guides went into detail about the running of Shoreham Port and the different countries that use Shoreham to deliver materials such as steel, timber, sand and grain. Visitors saw the Operations Division in action unloading one of the many commercial vessels that visits the Port each day and were able to able to ask questions related to the cargos and where they came from.
Local resident Margit Latter attended the Boat Tour and commented “The tour was fantastic, we got to see so much and learnt a lot about the Port. It was great to be able to take pictures of everything that was going on.”
Chris Langley who also attended commented “I didn’t realise how big the Port was, it was a brilliant tour and very informative. The commentator taught us a lot about the Port and what goes on here, it was thoroughly enjoyable.”
Angela Corney added “Living here you don’t realise how much goes on, or how thriving the Port is. It was really stimulating and I would definitely recommend the tour to local people and those who want to learn about the area.”
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port commented “The Boat Tours provide the perfect opportunity to share what goes on at Shoreham Port. Being a Trust Port we always strive to be open and transparent in what we do, so it was a fantastic way to show first-hand what goes on. The Port has been here over 250 years and has always been a key local economic driver.”