Starting at the young age of 15, marine employee, George Moore, has spent most of his life working at ABP’s Port of Hull.
Over the years, George has collected a sea of memories. In his 50 years with ABP, he has witnessed many port developments and expansions, and has even seen celebrities travelling through the City’s lock gates.
George, 65-years-old from Hull, began working life as a messenger boy at King George Dock on August 12, 1968. As emails didn’t exist, he was essential in ensuring correspondences were delivered across the port estate.
After various other roles including relief work, he became a Lock Head Man, and has held this job for over 30 years. His role is vital in ensuring the safe passage of ships when entering and leaving the port.
“I am very grateful to ABP for giving me a fantastic start in life, an enjoyable job and the chance to work with some fantastic people,” said George.
“When I come to work it’s like going to see my family. The comradery is great, especially during the winter months when it’s cold outside and you need a boost; everyone supports everyone else.”
Safety is ABP’s number one priority and the company is committed to ensuring that every worker goes home safely to their family at the end of each day.
“I think it’s great that the safety culture has improved along with technology, not only with the extra equipment but also in terms of everyone’s general attitudes. We always look after each other, as safety is at the forefront of our minds,” added George.
George recalls one of his fondest memories is when he welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the Royal Yacht Britannia through the Port of Hull’s lock.
“It was a privilege to be one of the first people to welcome Her Majesty to the city and a real honour to help bring the yacht through the lock gates.
“It’s my favourite part of the job, seeing the different types of vessels pass, especially something a bit different such as the cruise liners and Royal Navy vessels”, he added.
To thank George for his long-standing service, ABP Humber drector, Simon Bird, awarded George with a cheque at a special service celebration held at the Pump House on Alexandra Dock.
“George is a true inspiration as this incredible length of service illustrates. He is an example of true dedication and has built up an incredibly useful breadth of knowledge regarding the port industry,” said Simon.
“ABP Humber is one of the biggest employers in the region, directly employing 1,200 people. We continually strive to make our ports great places to work, with a colourful calendar of social events for employees to enjoy. We also continue to make substantial investments in upgrading our working areas and making sure our people have the very best skills and systems available.”