4 August 2014

There has been plenty to celebrate in the Marine Department this summer with staff promotions, new starters and the arrival of a new pilot cutter.

Shoreham Port is delighted to congratulate James Gray on his promotion to Assistant Harbour Master/Marine Works. James has worked at Shoreham Port for 19 years. James will continue to manage all aspects of marine works and will now be able to expand his role. He is responsible for processing hydrographic information gathered from surveys. The information collected informs the marine team of the depth of the seabed around the harbour. This information is vitally important because it ensures that the seabed level is the correct depth for visiting vessels and tells the team areas that they need to target for bed levelling.

Darren Todman has also been promoted to take on the challenges of the Port’s tug Adurni, as Tug Master. Darren will be acting as second in command to James, overseeing the day-to-day running of the tug boat and the operations it undertakes. Darren will also assist James with the management of his team. 

Lee Austin, who has recently completed his NVQ Diploma in Marine Engineering/Mechanical Maintenance, has also been offered the role of Tug Engineer, to mark the end of his apprenticeship and as a result of the skills and experience Lee has built up throughout his apprenticeship. During his three year training program at the Port, Lee covered all aspects of vessel maintenance including marine electronics and deck and engine room machinery servicing and repair. Lee now has the knowledge to enable him to service and maintain the Port’s tug Adurni and other Port vessels as and when required.

The Port also recently congratulated Paul Watts on his promotion to Senior Coxswain/Assistant Lockmaster. Paul now organises and schedules the activities of the pilot cutters, which are used to take the pilots on or off of commercial vessels visiting the Port.

At Shoreham Port there is a strong focus on staff development. Through consistent investment in staff training and development plans the Port creates a pipeline of talent ready to rise to the challenges and opportunities presented.  

After nearly five years at Shoreham Port we bid farewell to William Barker who has taken on an ambitious role as a Harbour Master at a port in Somerset. The Port is currently in the process of recruiting for a new Assistant Harbour Master/Marine Operations who will join the team in September.

Julian Seaman, Harbour Master at Shoreham Port commented “I would like to congratulate the Marine team on an extremely successful summer. It is great to see so many of our staff reaching their career goals and taking on new challenges.”