SOUTHWICK youngsters enjoyed an action-packed schedule as they toured Shoreham Port.
The port was a hive of activity during the Eastbrook Primary School visit.
Year-five children from the Manor Hall Road school were divided into three groups, with the first visitng the crew on resident ship Watchful.
They also visited the port’s dry dock, the only one of its kind on the south coast, before heading over for a tour aboard the tug, Adurni.
Elaine Ross, year five teaching assistant, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of the port.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the different aspects of the business.
“I was very proud of the variety of questions asked by the children.
“The port staff were fantastic and really made it a trip to remember, and it was a lovely end to our school year.”
At Harbour Radio, the children were shown how the lock gates are operated and the complex navigational systems used to track ships from miles out at sea.
Pupils also visited the dive store, where they had the rare opportunity to try on some of the diver’s equipment.
They were all surprised by the weight of the diver’s helmets and the time it takes to secure everything in place before jumping in the water.
The children then congregated on Southwick beach to enjoy the views and reflect on everything they had seen and learned during the morning, before returning to school for lunch.
Rodney Lunn, chief executive at Shoreham Port, said: “As a trust port, we place great importance on supporting our local community.
“Inviting schools to visit the port and learn about what we do is one way we can achieve this. Thanks to our dedicated team, we are able to offer some educational visits to the port which provide a valuable insight into the workings of a busy commercial port.”