Was it just a coincidence that Storm Eunice chose Friday 18th February to come clattering through Shoreham-by-Sea – the same day that Tom Willis of Shoreham Port was invited to give a talk to the Shoreham Society? Or was it to remind us that, just like its Port, Shoreham has been around a lot longer than any of us, has weathered many such storms, and has not only survived them all, but prospered from its maritime environment.
And so, Tom Willis, the Port’s Chief Executive, accompanied by Samantha Woolven, and a small band of intrepid Shoreham Society stalwarts, braved the elements to meet at the Shoreham Centre that evening for an illuminating, informative and inspiring discussion about the past, present and future of Shoreham Port.
Did you know that Shoreham Port
- has been operating as a Trust Port since its inception in 1760
- is the no.1 scallop port in the UK
- is one of only two PERS certified ECOports in the UK
- is responsible for six nautical miles of water up to the Old Shoreham Toll Bridge
- is from where King Charles II fled England in 1651 aboard the coal brig, “Surprise”, and…
…has a Masterplan?
One of the surprises that Tom Willis shared with his audience is that a (rather different) “Surprise” boat will be returning to Shoreham Port later this year. Look out for more news. Tom also outlined ambitious plans to develop a green hydrogen energy hub at the Port – which could ultimately power up to 30% of the heavy goods vehicles and buses in the region with totally clean renewable energy.
These are just a couple of the initiatives driven by Shoreham Port’s Masterplan to improve the port for everyone, be an exemplary local employer and grow the port’s cargo traffic in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.