6 April 2012

Business is booming at Shoreham Port and at the end of the first quarter a total of 228 commercial vessels have passed through the Ports terminals. The Port handles a wide variety of commodities ranging from timber, steel, aggregates and oil to salt, woodchip and grain and this provides a stable trading base across a number of different markets.

Favourable weather in December, January, February and March has contributed to a strong trade in timber and steel imports for the first three months of 2012 in comparison with the past few years. The weather in the Baltic Sea has been milder than in previous winters allowing ships to continue to ply between Shoreham and ports in the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea where our timber imports come from. In harsher winters, substantial ice sheets have prevented ships from accessing the Ports in Baltic States like Latvia, Sweden and Finland.

Ready-mixed concrete sales have increased 24% this year in the South East due to burgeoning demand from a number of major commercial and infrastructure projects and a stronger housing market. Equally, the milder weather throughout the UK has allowed commercial and domestic building projects to carry on without delays. All of this has impacted positively on the Port and contributed to the high volume of ships delivering goods to Shoreham.

Alan Motterham, Commercial/Operations Director said “We have achieved this through the hard work of all of our loyal staff working together to deliver excellence to our customers. We hope that the Port will continue to thrive and thank our customers for their continued support”.

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