Despite the doldrums in the wider economy, in 2011 the Port had a record breaking year for throughput of cargo exceeding two million tonnes for the first time in its history.
The cargo handled includes oil, aggregates, timber and fish and the bulk of the imports go to the local Sussex area.
A massive 1.2 hectare steel processing plant is also under construction for Parker Steel - the largest independent stockholder in the south of England – which is expected to generate employment for 200 people when it is completed in April. More employment is anticipated when the Port’s new grain warehouse is completed in time for the summer harvest.
Shoreham Port Authority recently signed a ten year agreement with energy services company MITIE to develop on-site renewable energy schemes including photovoltaics on warehouse roofing and possibly 4 to 6 wind turbines along Basin Road.
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