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Monday, December 18, 2017

Tour Pour La Mer 2006 a resounding success!

Tour Pour la Mer 2006 was a resounding success with 270 cyclists from the shipping industry completing the ride from Greenwich and Chatham to Dover last Friday 12 May and going on to ride a Tour Le Touquet on the Saturday.  

The weather was warm and sunny on the Friday, making the final approach past DoverCastle high on the white cliffs and on down to the seafront quite spectacular. Saturday was rather more cool and misty with the sun breaking through only at the very end of the day as riders crossed the finishing line in the market place at Le Touquet. Total distance from Greenwich to Dover plus the Le Touquet circuit was just over 200 kilometres (125 miles).  

Participants included not just shipowners and ship operators (and their representative associations) but also inter alia brokers, lawyers, insurance providers, pilots, classification, journalists. The spirit of determination, cooperation, encouragement and good fun was tangible between all involved from this cross section of the shipping community. The riders were delighted to be putting something back into their industry as they generated financial support for those seafarers without whom there would be no shipping industry, and also for the wildlife that shares the environment in which ships operate. 

There are no final figures yet, but the Tour pour la Mer now looks well placed to achieve – or even surpass - its vision of raising £250,000 for the Mission to Seafarers and the Sea Alarm Foundation. The INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO teams have raised over £7,000 so far, with funds still coming in. 

INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO fielded eight people who have all returned safely (if a little sorely in some cases) to their desks this week. Peter Swift was riding with INTERCARGO Secretary General Roger Holt in the Knights of the Round Table team (alongside ICS Secretary General Chris Horrocks and BIMCO Secretary General Carsten Melchiors). The rest of the INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO team consisted of Howard Snaith, Sally Woulfe, Joe Zhou and Bill Box, joined by Caroline Holt (Roger Holt’s daughter) from Informa. All completed the course with plenty of good humour and a great team spirit.  

INTERTANKO’s Environment Manager Tim Wilkins was one of the event organisers (along with Mark Stokes (V.Ships) and Nick Brown (Kennedy Brown)). These three were among the fastest cyclists, but have also been working steadily with the Mission to Seafarers organisers since this time last year to get this event off the ground. Organising 270 excited and determined shipping people, 270 assorted bicycles, dozens of willing helpers and supporters, three huge container lorries (for the bikes), six coaches and a couple of ferries could have been a recipe for disaster. Instead it was a triumph.  

Thanks to all those companies and individuals who have so generously sponsored the INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO riders. 

If you would like to sponsor a team, then there is still time via http://www.justgiving.com/intertanko 

If you wish to know more about the event then take a look at http://www.tourpourlamer.com 

If you would like to see some photos of the event:

Click here and here andhere   

Contact: Tim Wilkins