NEIGHBOURS and nearby schools and businesses were invited to join the first-ever public boat tours of Shoreham Port.
Held over two days last week, they enabled people to see the hub of Shoreham Port from the water.
The Port invited many local stakeholder groups including nearby schools, community groups and business clubs.
The tours were put on as an alternative to the open day and according to organisers proved to be a hugely-popular event.
On-board touring boat ‘Rossann’, visitors embarked on a cruise along the quay side of the canal. Each boat trip had live commentary from Shoreham Port staff.
As the boat headed down the canal, a number of landmarks and areas were pointed out including the power station, warehouses and a wide variety of cargoes.
The Port ‘tour guides’ went into detail about the running of Shoreham Port and the different countries that use Shoreham to deliver essential materials such as timber, steel, sand and grain.
Visitors saw the operations division in action, unloading one of the many commercial vessels that visits the Port each day.
All on-board were told interesting and unusual facts. For instance, the road next to the North Bank collapsed into the canal in 1957 and traffic was directed through Southwick until a resolution was found three months later to stabilise the road.
Staff and pupils from Eastbrook Primary Academy took to the water and said: “Our year six pupils found the boat trip very informative and interesting. They especially loved the ice creams at the end and would like to say a big thank you to the organisers.”
Brian Warren from Quick HR commented “I had no idea how large the Port is and that it contained such a variety of business activities until the tour. The boat tour was fantastic and so well-organised.”
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port said: “Being so close to our neighbours we always like to be open and transparent in what we do, so it was a fantastic way to show first hand what goes on and for our local community to see where 1,600 jobs are created. The Port has been here over 250 years and has always been a key local economic driver.”
The tours will be held again next year.