Hundreds of people took the opportunity to take free Thames Clipper boat rides up the Thames and view The Port from a different perspective, or board an open top vintage bus for a guided tour round The Port. For some, just stroll along the dock admiring the iconic structures of the London International Cruise Terminal and railway station and remembering it’s historic past and connections with the MV Empire Windrush was an emotional visit and the reason they had come.
As well as the local community, people traveled from Birmingham, Bath, Peterborough, London, Suffolk and Southend on Sea, one of our visitors was 99 years old and had worked in The Port as a young man.
Alongside our community activity Estuary 2016 was a spectacle in itself with art exhibitions on boats, music that was played to the rhythm of the tide and atmospheric films that were shown in the railway station and on the dockside.
Celebrating its 130th Anniversary The Port of Tilbury opened at the beginning of the steamship era,, saving steaming time into London, and the quick transfer of goods and passengers onto the train network. Today it still has the same success and the business continues to grow and expand with a recent announcement that Amazon will be bringing 1,500 jobs to the area.
The Port is proud to have had generations of local families work here and our Community Day celebrations this weekend have been part of embracing that.
Head of Cruise
Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.
Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.
Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.
Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.
Head of Cruise
Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.
In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.
He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.
Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.