Sands of Time
Regarded with awe, apprehension and yet reverence by seafarers over centuries, the Goodwin Sands constitute a rich mixture of maritime history, natural science and marine ecology as well as being a graveyard for so many brave, and for the most part, unsuspecting seafarers. Thousands of merchant and naval sailors of differing nationalities are buried there along with the remains of the wooden, iron and steel ships which remaining undisturbed, mark their graves.
Today the Goodwin Sands are a breeding and feeding ground for so many species of fish, crustaceans and seals to the extent that – if ever there was one – this is surely the definition of a Marine Conservation Zone. Put another way, it would be sacrilege if the Goodwin Sands were to slip the MCZ net.
The Goodwin Sands SOS team have done an excellent job in highlighting the need for conservation of an area of the English Channel that has remained untouched for centuries. There can be no commercial justification in seeing this area desecrated. At high water the Goodwin Sands disappear from view but we must not allow our maritime history and ecological future to disappear from our consciousness in a similar way!
Dr Bill Moses, MBE, MA – July 2018
Biography of Dr Bill Moses, MBE, MA – July 2018
Heralded as a guru of the shipping industry, Dr Bill Moses has considerable experience running successful and high-profile passenger and freight shipping businesses at local, regional and international level. With a career spanning over 40 years Bill has operated a wide variety of conventional freight and passenger ships as well as fast ferries. He now offers personal and expert advice to the wider maritime industry.
In 2008, Bill was awarded with a Member of the British Empire medal (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen, for Services to the Shipping Industry and Charitable work.
Bill has a Master of Arts degree in International Maritime Policy and graduated in 2011 as a Doctor of Philosophy based on his extensive research entitled The Commercial and Technical Evolution of the Ferry Industry 1948-1987.