A STEYNING student working towards his dream career in marine biology has been given valuable experience at Shoreham Port.
Will Lemonius has just completed his first year in the sixth form at Steyning Grammar School, studying further maths, biology and physics.
He hopes to move on to Southampton University and continue into marine biology, so he was thrilled to be offered a week’s work experience in Shoreham Harbour.
“I knew Shoreham Port would be a brilliant place to spend my work experience week, especially with my interest in marine biology,” he explained.
“I have had a fantastic week and it has been very interesting learning about how the port operates and what happens behind the scenes.”
The first day began with a human resources and safety induction and a tour of the port’s vast property estate, with property manager Tim Hague, followed.
He showed Will Shoreham Port’s tenant areas, the historic Shoreham Fort and other property areas that are not accessible to the public.
Will joined the engineering team for one day, learning about how the lock gates operate and the regular maintenance work carried out by the team.
The next day, he was with the port’s operations division and was able to experience riding in a moving crane.
John Gregg, the port’s storekeeper, told Will about his role the following morning and give him the chance to help out, and in the afternoon, he was with members of the administration team, learning about how the website is maintained and how content for press releases is pulled together.
Will’s final day was spent in Harbour Radio, where he had the rare opportunity to watch the lockmasters bring vessels in and out of the harbour using their advanced navigational equipment.
He thanked the port for the experience and the staff for showing him around.
“I have learned so much,” he added. “My highlights this week were climbing up into one of the cranes, especially as I am not usually keen on heights.
“I also really enjoyed the time I spent with Tim on the property tour and discussing with Piran in engineering about the plans for the pipes and cables around the port.”
Shoreham Port said it aimed to accommodate a number of work experience students each year and designed the programmes to be well-rounded.
It also supports schemes which help young people make the transition from education into the work place and in recent years, has recruited apprentices to work within the engineering team, including Piran Armes, who joined last autumn.
He specialises in AMS, the port’s asset management system.