AN ‘EXTREMELY proud port chief has left his post after making it the scallop capital of the UK.

Rodney Lunn first took over Shoreham Port in 2009 and has doubled the size of its workforce in his decade at the helm.

This year almost a third of all scallops harvested in the UK by British vessels arrived in Shoreham, making it the number one scallop port in the country.

Port income grew by 75 per cent under Mr Lunn, who said his team had achieved a huge amount in his ten years in Shoreham.

“I have been extremely proud to be chief executive of Shoreham Port over the past decade and it has been fantastic to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team,” he said.

“We have achieved a huge amount together to improve the port’s facilities and as a place to work.”

Port chairwoman Amber Foster said Mr Lunn would be “greatly missed”.

“Rodney’s mantra has been that while Shoreham Port may not be the biggest, it can strive to be the best,” she said.

“His legacy will be felt for many years to come.”

Tom Willis will replace Mr Lunn.