A team at Shoreham Port have received an award for solving the mystery of an obnoxious smell and seeping oil at Portslade beach.
Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port and George Flower, Technical Director at Arcadis – the port’s environment consultants – were presented with an award for the best scoping or operation of a site investigation.
They attended the Brownfield Briefing Awards ceremony in London, which showcases the best in contaminated land remediation in the UK.
The mysterious smell and oil seepage were discovered to be caused by an oily substance seeping out onto the beach at extreme low water.
This was found to have originated from the giant coal gas works that once occupied the Portslade end of the Port.
Mr Parker said: “Winning the award is an immense achievement when you consider the quality of the other submissions on the night and, of course, it reflects the expertise, professionalism and diligence with which the whole site investigation was carried out.
“We had a splendid evening with great company and conversation - time seemed to fly by.
“Winning the award also helps demonstrate to our stakeholders, especially local residents, visitors to the beach and the health and environment regulators, that the Port takes environmental issues extremely seriously and is doing everything reasonably possible to resolve the oil seepage issue.”
Mr Flower said: “The whole team at Arcadis is immensely proud of this award as it represents the recognition of the huge amount of hard work and professional expertise that went into the project.
“The judges said that our site investigation is one of the best they have ever seen since the event started over ten years ago. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
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