Shoreham Port



One of the Port’s newest commercial developments has reached the half-way point in its construction this week. Following the removal of external scaffolding on Monday, Pilbeam Construction have announced that Hove Enterprise Centre Extension (HECE) is on track to be completed by November this year, adding four more units to the Port’s growing property profile that includes the new Lady Bee Enterprise centre which had its grand opening last month.

HECE’s exterior is taking shape, with the roof and outside panelling nearing completion as well as the windows and outer doors being currently installed, the external structure being set to be completed later this month. Previously used as parking land, this new commercial/office development will be found next to Maritime House located in the East Arm of the Port, with the units covering just over 1,500sqft each.

Solar panels are fixed in place on the building’s roof in conjunction with the Port’s commitment to renewable energy in all future property developments, furthered by the installation of electric vehicle charging points, cycle storage and on-site recycling storage facilities, as well as a reduction in the units’ water consumption through the use of practical and hygienic water saving measures such as flow restrictors, water efficient white goods and dual flush toilets.

The building works now continue with the internal fit-out, beginning with the application of intumescent fire protectant to the units’ steel frames, followed by the erection of the internal metal stud partitions. Mechanical and electrical fittings on the ground floor will be installed shortly after.

The new two-storey development will allow the building to sit comfortably within both its immediate context and the wider community. The four units are of a similar size, each with a mezzanine level and double-height entrances. Once completed, the HECE will add four further tenants to the Hove Enterprise Centre tenant community, bringing up the total amount to 29 units.

Simon Pilbeam, Managing Director at Pilbeam Construction commented “We are delighted to be delivering this project for Shoreham Port and their consultant team following on from the Lady Bee Enterprise Centre, and we hope to continue delivering high quality builds for them into 2020.”

Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development at Shoreham Port commented “I am happy to report that property development is in excellent shape across the Port, with the recent completion of LBEC and HECE hitting the half-way point in construction this week. While many units have been allocated, tenant spaces are still available, so please contact Oakley for more details.”



Following a rigorous recruitment process Shoreham Port are delighted to confirm the appointment of their next Chief Executive, Tom Willis, who will take over the leadership from Rodney Lunn in December 2019.

Tom has a strong operational and logistics background, having spent many years at Heathrow Airport and the Royal Mail. Both seaports and airports have great commonality, with large local footprints that need managing from a stakeholder and environmental perspective, whilst having to provide a first-class service to their customers.

Tom has superb leadership skills, with a strong track record leading a diverse workforce, all with very different skill sets and often very specific job requirements, which positions him well to continue to develop and motivate Shoreham Port’s excellent teams.

Amber Foster, Chair of Shoreham Port said “We are very pleased to confirm Tom’s appointment and look forward to him joining the Port in November and having a comprehensive handover with Rodney. Tom’s skill set and background will complement and build on the Masterplan Rodney and the team have developed and will be able to continue to push Shoreham forward, as a leading south coast port at the forefront of the industry.”

Tom said “I am really looking forward to joining Shoreham Port and standing on Rodney’s shoulders to ensure the Port’s highly motivated teams continue to serve the customers and stakeholders in an efficient and safe manner. The history of the Port is incredible, and I look forward to being able to shape the future direction of such an iconic and valued local landmark, which is at the heart of the community.”



Shoreham Port has contributed a significant donation of £20,000 to Shoreham Academy’s Gateway Centre this month as part of their Community and Stakeholder Request (CSR) funding. As a Trust Port, the Port strives to support their stakeholders and give back to the local community that it serves, often providing time, resources, and in some cases, financial help, to organisations that align with their CSR criteria.

The Gateway Centre is a school provision that aims to support the most vulnerable young people aged 10-16 within the local areas of Shoreham, Southwick and Fishersgate. Set up by Shoreham Academy five years ago, the facility helps students who, for a variety of reasons, find mainstream school a challenge, and has transformed the lives of young people who would otherwise not end up in education or training.

The provision provides a supportive environment for students experiencing deprivation or mental health issues, enabling access to closer staff teaching, support and guidance. Students are therefore able to gain the key qualifications, high levels of attendance and most importantly, confidence, to secure further study.

Jim Coupe, Principle at Shoreham Academy (pictured right) and member of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership commented “We are incredibly thankful to Shoreham Port for their generous donation of £20,000 that will enable us to continue supporting the most vulnerable young people within our local community. The only way The Gateway Centre can currently remain open is to access funds additional to those available through the usual sources, meaning that the Port have financially underpinned the future of the Gateway for the next 12 months.”

Tim Hague, Director of Property and Development (pictured middle) commented “The Gateway is a crucial facility in the residential areas that are right on our doorstep here at Shoreham Port. As a Trust Port, we are committed to supporting our stakeholders, and the students attending the school are our ultimate stakeholders.”

Emily Kenneally, Communications Manager and Chair of the Port’s CSR committee (pictured left) commented “We are delighted to be able to increase our support to The Gateway Centre this year. Our CSR group had the pleasure of visiting this remarkable provision earlier this spring and we were blown away by the impact of the facility upon its students. We also hope that by making a contribution we will encourage other businesses to support local causes and to invest in the future of their nearby communities.”


Shoreham Port has been re-certified as an EcoPort this month, six years after its initial Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification was awarded in 2013. Presented by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) the PERS accreditation means that Shoreham Port continues to be a member of the EcoPorts network, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector. Shoreham Port is one of only two PERS accredited ports in the UK, and one of twelve UK ports who hold EcoPort status.

The aim of EcoPorts is to increase awareness about environmental challenges, deliver compliance with legislation and to demonstrate a high standard of environmental management. Members of the EcoPorts network are encouraged to share environmental knowledge and be proactive in their efforts to protect and maintain the environment.

Shoreham Port is committed to preventing negative impacts on the environment while maximising the positive social, environmental and economic opportunities of a thriving Port. It continually assesses its environmental impact to develop strategies that will improve the Port’s carbon footprint, appointing Tony Parker, the first Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change at a UK port in January. The Port’s programme of green initiatives include a new LED lighting programme, increased water quality monitoring, a staff cycle-to-work scheme, and going paperless – including the introduction of a new quarterly digital PORTlife newsletter.

Paul Johnson, Director of Compliance commented “A lot of hard work goes into maintaining and continually improving our environmental credentials year on year. This ensures that we meet the very high standards set by the European Sea Ports Organisation ‘EcoPort’ scheme and can be awarded with the prestigious EcoPort status for a third time.

“Everyone at Shoreham Port has their part to play when it comes to improving the wonderful environment within in which we work. I am immensely proud of the Shoreham Port EcoPort title as it demonstrates our commitment to not only reducing our carbon footprint and tapping into free and alternative renewable energy sources, but ensures that our bio diverse environment is sustainable for the years ahead and that all future generations will continue to enjoy a fantastic experience when visiting, working, or passing through Shoreham Port.”

If you’d like to find out more about Shoreham Port’s plans for the future, don’t miss the Annual Public & Stakeholder’s Meeting on Tuesday 21st May at the Barn Theatre in Southwick. For full details please visit

Shoreham Port begin recruitment for new CEO

You can download the Person Specification, Job advert and Application form with these links.

Shoreham Port is a highly commercial Trust Port on the South coast of England, steeped in history and firmly rooted at the heart of the community it serves. We aim to be the preferred south coast port for short-sea traffic, marine-related projects and landlord of an extensive commercial estate including specialist sites. The Port is a key local and regional economic driver, employing 120 staff directly, with 1,600 jobs across its footprint.

We have undergone significant growth in recent years and remain on track with the Port Masterplan which has many exciting projects in the pipeline. Last year, around 1,500 commercial shipping movements and over 2 million tonnes of cargo were handled. In addition, we have over 100 tenants in a variety of businesses, generating a combined turnover of c£14m.

We are looking for a Chief Executive who will continue to drive growth, change, innovation and improvement, whilst building and developing effective relationships with our highly valued customers and stakeholders.

As well as senior leadership experience, you need to have outstanding communication skills and be able to represent the Port at the highest levels across the maritime sector, influencing the national maritime landscape and helping to shape the wider supply chain.

Candidates will need to bring a collaborative leadership style, which is positive and upbeat, conducive to inspiring and motivating our staff to successfully deliver our mission and strategy.

Working at Shoreham Port, within the thriving ports sector offers an enticing career opportunity, where an entrepreneurial flair, commercial and financial acumen, inclusive leadership and superb communication skills are highly sought-after.

If you consider you have the qualities, experience and vision that we are looking for, then we would very much like to hear from you. Full details of the role, including the job description and application form are on our website –



After a decade of service at Shoreham Port, Rodney Lunn the Chief Executive has decided that he intends to leave the Port at the end of the year. This creates a rare opportunity for new leadership at Shoreham Port. Rodney will remain in his current position until December, allowing ample time for a successor to be appointed.

During his tenure, Shoreham Port has seen a 75% growth in revenue from £8 million to £14 million, through a focussed diversification of business and a relentless drive for continuous improvement. Last year, around 1,500 commercial shipping movements and over 2 million tonnes of cargo were handled.

Additionally, the Port now has a thriving tenant community with over 100 businesses and 1,500 jobs across its estate. The Port Masterplan remains on track with strategic land purchases and development of key sites, for example the Lady Bee Enterprise Centre, a new commercial estate on an area of reclaimed land near the lock gates will be completed in May 2019.

Rodney’s mantra has always been that the Port may not be the biggest Port in country, but will strive to be the best. This has meant hiring the best staff and training everyone to deliver a first class service to their customers. As a Trust Port, building relationships with the Port’s eclectic mix of stakeholders and delivering meaningful community partnerships has also been a priority for Rodney.

Amber Foster, Chair of Shoreham Port said “Rodney has taken the Port from strength to strength and will be greatly missed. He has made a tremendous contribution to Shoreham Port, to its stakeholders and to the Port sector as a whole. Thanks to his leadership, we are well on the way to delivering the Masterplan, the Port’s relationship with its stakeholders has been transformed and he leaves us in a position ready to move onto our next stage of development. It’s a legacy of which he should be very proud. Rodney will leave Shoreham Port in a very strong position for the next Chief Executive to capitalise on for the future. The Board and I would like to thank him for this and we wish him well with his future endeavours.”

Rodney Lunn said “It has been a great privilege to be the Chief Executive of Shoreham Port over the past decade, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with an enthusiastic and committed team. We have achieved great success together, however, I believe the time is now right to step aside and hand the baton over to a new leader, to ensure new ideas and fresh perspectives are brought to the Port. We have 120 fantastic staff members and I am confident that the Port will continue to thrive and remain a key local and regional economic driver.”

The Chief Executive vacancy will be advertised from the beginning of April on the Port’s website –



The fishing vessel ‘Flowing Stream’ has recently chosen a new home at Shoreham Port following a significant refit that began in the spring of 2018. Originally built in the year 2000, the vessel was flagged in from Belgium where it was previously registered to be renovated and renewed to bring it up to new vessel standards. Flowing Stream will join a long line of fishing vessels registered at Shoreham Port that date back to the 13th Century.

Flowing Stream is one of the many scalloping vessels that regularly land in the Port each year, with the Marine Management Organisation’s recently published report revealing that in 2018, 18% of scallops landed in the UK by UK fishing vessels were landed at Shoreham Port, making it the number one scallop Port in the UK. Shoreham Port has seen an influx of scallop landings in the last three years, with an overall landing increase of 37% since 2016 and a catch of 5,817 tonnes of scallops in 2018.

The vessel refit took between eight and nine months and included equipment updates to match health and safety requirements, as well as improvements to crew accommodations and welfare. The trawler is owned by one of the UK’s leading shellfish companies, Macduff, who specialise in processing wild scallops, langoustines, crabs and whelks.

Flowing stream has a gross tonnage of 385 and will continue to trawl for scallops, predominantly fishing in the Eastern English Channel near Shoreham. Trips typically last around a week, with seven to eight crew members on board, but the refitted vessel can accommodate up to nine crew members. Other areas the trawler may travel to include Plymouth, Scarborough, and Scotland.

George West, Head of Fleet Operations at Macduff Shellfish commented “Shoreham has always been a Port which we have long been associated with, but we felt a need to show a greater presence in the community. Throughout the year we rely on local contractors and businesses to keep our vessels operating and our crews serviced properly. Registering a vessel under the Shoreham banner seemed a natural step to improving what is already a mutually beneficial, long lasting relationship.”

Julian Seaman, Harbour Master at Shoreham Port commented “We are very pleased that Macduff have chosen Shoreham as Flowing Stream’s home registered Port and look forward to continue to welcome the vessel in the coming years.”



A new long-term maritime strategy has been launched by the Department for Transport this week, outlining a range of proposals for the next 30 years. Titled Maritime 2050, the initiative aims to ensure that the UK remains a world-leader within the maritime industry and continues to flourish. The strategy covers a range of topics including future economic trends, technology, environment, trade, safety and security, the future of work and infrastructure.

The port-specific aspects of Maritime 2050 will also be collated into a separate Ports Action Plan. This will include a range of research projects, environmental initiatives and a plan to develop a Maritime Innovation Hub in a UK port by 2030.

Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling commented “Maritime is a vital UK industry, bringing in £14 billion to our economy as well as providing thousands of new and exciting careers for people across the country. This strategy is a clear message to the world – we will continue to be a leading maritime nation for the next 30 years and beyond.”

There are also plans to broaden the existing promotion of diversity in the maritime sector. It is hoped that the already established Women in Maritime Taskforce, of which Shoreham Port’s Director of Corporate Services is a part of, can gather pace and tackle gender equality and diversity within the sector.

The Maritime 2050 strategy has been welcomed by Shoreham Port, whose own 2019-2023 strategy plan mirrors that of the Department of Transport, with aims to protect local amenities and the environment, providing sustainable careers, and enhancing diversity at the Port.

Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “The Maritime 2050 initiative is vital to Shoreham Port. Not only are we at the heart of our local community, but we are attracting new diverse recruits for the future. We take our responsibility for the local environment incredibly seriously, so much so, we will be appointing a Climate Change Director at the beginning of February.”



There are exciting times ahead for Shoreham Port in 2019, as it expands its bank of commercial property available for hire, which will benefit local businesses and the wider community. Following on from the successes of the fully serviced office centre, Maritime House, Shoreham Port are now unveiling their recently renovated Visitor Centre for hire at flexible hourly and day rates from January 2019.

The Port’s fully serviced and self-contained Visitor Centre boasts an open-plan event space with seating for approximately 30 delegates, as well as a break-off meeting room. The bright, airy modern space is located on the ground floor of the Port’s head office, Nautilus House, reached via a private entrance which is fully wheelchair accessible. The venue also offers a kitchen with full amenities.

The Port’s Visitor Centre is ideally located, just a four-minute walk away from Southwick Railway Station and a one-minute walk from the 700 Stagecoach bus stop. By opening up the Visitor Centre to stakeholders and the local community, the Port aims to support local businesses who are struggling to find affordable meeting space. The space is already being utilised by local charity As You Are, once a week for their Systemic Family Therapy that began this month. Mentoring and coaching has also taken place in the Visitor Centre, along with yoga classes and training workshops.

Tim Hague, Director of Property and Development commented “We’re very pleased that renovations on our Visitor Centre are complete and that the space can be used for the benefit of our stakeholders and the local community. Affordable space is at a premium in the local area and we hope that by opening up our doors we can support local businesses who are in need of a fully accessible, modern and professional space for their meetings and events.’’

Rowena Tyler, Community Rail Developer at Sussex Community Rail Partnership who recently hired the Visitor Centre commented “It was fantastic to be able to book out Shoreham Port's Visitor Centre for our Annual General Meeting. The space was perfect for our 30 guests and we even managed to turn the meeting room into a buffet space! Thoroughly recommend to anyone in the area looking for a fuss free venue to hire.”

To enquire about booking the Visitor Centre, please email or call 01273 598100 for further information.




As we stride into 2019, Shoreham Port bids farewell to Stuart Nicholls, who has been on the Board for six years. Stuart joined the Board in January 2013, with over 25 years of experience in shipping and marine services. In 2016 Stuart chaired a new subcommittee of the Board – the Compliance Committee. His maritime and safety expertise made Stuart the ideal candidate to lead this Committee and to question and challenge the Port’s safety culture.

Stuart said “It’s been a privilege to serve on the Board at Shoreham Port and to see the Port go from strength to strength over my tenure. I wish the Board and team at Shoreham much success over the coming years and look forward to hearing of the Port’s continued growth and development.”

Replacing Stuart, Shoreham Port has welcomed Sir Alan Massey to the Board. Alan has extensive maritime experience, having served for 33 years in the Royal Navy before taking over as Chief Executive of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) in 2010. As a naval officer, he commanded an impressive number of major warships, including the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal, later sitting for five consecutive years on the Admiralty and Navy Boards. Sir Alan Massey’s naval career culminated as Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command.

In his eight years with the MCA, Alan led a fundamental transformation of HM Coastguard Service, introduced an all-new fleet of UK Search and Rescue helicopters under MCA control, and modernised the MCA’s vessel survey, inspection, regulatory and ship registration functions.

Alan commented “It is a great honour to join the Board at Shoreham Port. I am very much looking forward to bringing my experience to a new environment and to working with the current Board and leadership team. The Port has ambitious plans for the future and I relish the opportunity to see these come to fruition.”

Amber Foster, Chair of the Board commented “On behalf of the Board I would like to offer Stuart my sincere thanks for his significant contribution to the Board. Stuart brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board and added considerable value to the Port’s drive for high safety standards and compliance. I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Sir Alan Massey who we all look forward to working with.”

Shoreham Port Supports Maritime Safety Week

The UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, has launched the inaugural Maritime Safety Week, running from 9th to the 13th July, as part of the Government's efforts to share knowledge of safety practices and to highlight the work which is already being done across the diverse shipping industry to strive for safety excellence.

Paul Johnson, Director of Compliance at Shoreham Port commented “Health and safety is paramount at Shoreham Port and we are in full support of Maritime Safety Week, helping to raise awareness not just amongst professional mariners but all users of the maritime environment, from recreational mariners to beach goers.”

To continuously improve its health and safety culture, Shoreham Port regularly provides training courses for its staff in each department across the Port. All staff at Shoreham Port are trained in First Aid, which includes Defibrillator and Catastrophic Bleeding (Trauma First Aid). A total of seven defibrillators are deployed in and around the Port, three of which are situated in Shoreham Harbour Radio, on board one of Shoreham’s Pilot boats and their tug boat ‘Adurni’.

During the summer staff volunteer to carryout harbour boat patrols to ensure the harbour arms (the entrance to the Port) are free from tombstoning and any other dangerous activities. Staff are taught boat handling skills and attend the Royal Yachting Association VHF radio communications course for certification.

Paul added “We continue to work closely with the RNLI and HM Coastguard and support their open days, which help to make members of the public aware of the safety control measures in place to ensure all visitors to Shoreham Port are made to feel safe. We have in the past assisted the HM Coastguard delivering a maritime safety message to local schools during their assemblies and will continue to work with them when such requests are received.”

Shoreham Port is part of a wide network of maritime organisations supporting Maritime Safety Week. To see what other organisations have been doing to promote the week please search #martimesafetyweek on Twitter and join the conversation.