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Aberdeen Harbour Board welcomes new chief executiveAberdeen Harbour Board welcomes new chief executive
Added: 08 Feb 2018
Offshore Support Journal
Tue 06 Feb 2018 by David Foxwell

Michelle Handforth has taken over the role of chief executive at Aberdeen Harbour Board, the UK’s premier offshore oil and gas port. She takes over from Colin Parker, who is retiring.

Aberdeen Harbour Board chairman Alistair Mackenzie said “Michelle is joining Aberdeen Harbour at an incredibly important time for the organisation.

“Construction works are well under way at the Aberdeen South Harbour site, whilst we continue to focus on providing second-to-none services and facilities for our customers in the existing harbour. Michelle will be tasked with overseeing the successful completion of project works and in facilitating business growth in the existing facilities.

“Her considerable commercial and operational experience at a senior level means that she is tremendously well equipped to tackle and realise these goals.”

The port said the expansion, which will afford existing customers the opportunity to diversify and expand their interests, is also expected to attract new customers and markets to the port, including larger commercial vessels.

Since work commenced on site in April 2017, the South Harbour development has already made significant progress, with its main contractor, Dragados UK, completing approximately 200m of north breakwater and a first round of dredging activity.

Ms Handforth said “After being offered the post towards the end of last year, I’ve been very much looking forwarding to getting started at Aberdeen Harbour Board.

“Colin Parker’s work here at the port, which spanned more than 30 years, has left a lasting legacy for us all. He oversaw a number of significant infrastructure projects, which modernised the facilities available to our customers, including the development of Torry Marine Base and the planning of the on-going harbour expansion into Nigg Bay.

As Britain’s oldest existing business, with a solid strategy in place for our future, I am committed to continuing this work and I am certain that the harbour will continue to thrive and provide a significant contribution to the local, regional and national economy.”

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European Marine Safety Agency February newsletterEuropean Marine Safety Agency February newsletter
Added: 07 Feb 2018
In this issue
EMSA publishes guidance document on LNG bunkering for ports;
Workshop offers Agency support to Member States as Flag States;
EMSA on mission to Lebanon;
Joint French-Portuguese delegation visits EMSA;
Offering insight into EMSA’s maritime information services.

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Forth Ports appoints new Harbour MasterForth Ports appoints new Harbour Master
Added: 31 Jan 2018
Published by Claire Cuddihy, Editorial Assistant
Dry Bulk
Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The UK’s 3rd largest ports Group Forth Ports has appointed Ryan Porteous as new Harbour Master for the Ports of Dundee, Methil and Kirkcaldy in Scotland.

In his role as Harbour Master, Porteous, originally from Perth, will be based at the Port of Dundee where he will be responsible for all marine operations on the River Tay.

Before his appointment, Porteous was a Trainee Pilot/Assistant Harbour Master at the Port of Montrose, and previously, Perth Harbour. He has been working in the industry for five years and held similar roles at the Port of Southampton.

While working in his new role, Porteous will continue to work towards a BSc in Sustainable Marine Operations through distance learning at Plymouth University.

Chief Harbour Master of Forth Ports Scottish operations [and UKHMA Hon. Treasurer], Alan McPherson, said: “We would like to offer a warm welcome to Ryan Porteous who is our new Harbour Master for The Ports of Dundee, Methil and Kirkcaldy. Ryan has been working in ports across the east coast of Scotland for the last few years and we are looking forward to seeing him develop his skills at a truly exciting time for Forth Ports.”

Porteous remarked: “I am really pleased to have been appointed as Harbour Master with Forth Ports. It’s a great time to be working in Dundee’s marine sector and to be joining the team in the midst of a £10million investment in the Port of Dundee which will see the port continue as a world class facility.”

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New Ports Minister AnnouncedNew Ports Minister Announced
Added: 19 Jan 2018
In the recent Government reshuffle, Nusrat Ghani MP was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Assistant Government Whip with effect from 9 January 2018.

Responsibilities in this new appointment are varied and include a wide maritime brief including Ports, the MCA, Maritime Security and Skills. She replaces former Maritime Minister, the Rt Hon John Hayes.

Devolution of Welsh Ports Policy in April will effectively mean that Ms Ghani will be Ports Minister for English ports alone.

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Tug safety training offered at Port’s state-of-the-art simulation suiteTug safety training offered at Port’s state-of-the-art simulation suite
Added: 09 Jan 2018
A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain.

The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios.

Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbour Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port. Training focused on the dangers around small conventional tug handling, the importance of good communication between pilots and tug handlers, and working in poor weather conditions.

Harbour Master and Chief Executive Officer at Teignmouth Harbour Commission, Commander David Vaughan, put some of his team through the course, “Our employees returned from the course with nothing but praise for an excellent, well run and well-presented course. There has been a gap in the market for this kind of training for small port tug operators which has now been filled.”

Steve Hardcastle, Deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Milford Haven, manages the simulation suite. “This facility enables maritime professionals to get bespoke training in a safe environment,” said Steve.

“The cutting-edge technology means that any type of incident can be replicated in any location. The suite is operated by marine professionals and pilots and who have experienced the scenarios that are presented during the exercises, so they are well placed to oversee the training. This course is overseen by David Brown of DB Marine, a very experienced tug professional.”

Built using MARIN’s latest software, DOLPHIN, the navigation suite can introduce additional environmental and hydrodynamic forces, and gives Tug Masters or Boat Masters the opportunity to carry out the towage of single or multiple barge movements either pulling, pushing or ‘hipped up’ depending on the size of the barge or pontoon.

They work in simulated form on small and some larger ships understanding and realising the dangers of connecting up, girting and under the bow towage.

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New Harbour Master at the Port of SouthamptonNew Harbour Master at the Port of Southampton
Added: 05 Jan 2018
January 2, 2018

A new Harbour Master is at the helm at the Port of Southampton, with responsibility for one of the busiest waterways in the world.

[UKHMA Member] Captain Phil Buckley assumes responsibility from Jan 3, when [UKHMA Member] Captain Martin Phipps retires after 28 years at the port and seven years as Harbour Master.

The Harbour Master is responsible for the safe navigation of all vessels using the port and operating across the wider Solent – last year 160,000 vessel movements, including some of the largest ships in the world, were recorded excluding leisure craft.

Captain Phipps, who first went to sea at the age of 16, came to the port as a Marine Pilot in 1990 and became Harbour Master in 2011, leading a team of 110 marine staff including pilots, vessel traffic service personnel, hydrographers and berthing officers. He was recently recognised in the New Year’s Honours list when he was awarded an MBE for services to UK exports.

“As a pilot I worked on liners like the France and the QE2 was the biggest cruise liner visiting the port.
“In the past 10 years the size of cruise ships has doubled, while by comparison, the growth of container ships has been more gradual,” said Captain Phipps, who is well known for his keen sense of humour and a snazzy line in nautical ties.

“Building relationships, consultation and engagement has been a key element of my role as Harbour Master. We have such a wide range of customers and stakeholders from the largest container ships in the world to the smallest leisure users and we need to ensure we can all co-exist on the water.”

His successor, Captain Buckley enjoyed a 35-year career in the Royal Navy, a further six years in port management and most recently he was Harbour Master in Jersey.

“Who wouldn’t want to be Harbour Master in Southampton? Although the scope and scale of Southampton compared to Jersey is enormous, the fundamentals of the job are the same. I am excited by the challenge and I get a real kick out of knowing Southampton plays such a central role in shaping the UK economy – and I am really excited to be playing a full role in that.

“I am looking forward to working with 47 of the country’s best pilots, our highly experienced and effective launch crews and our thoroughly professional VTS staff.

“Having commanded submarines at sea, I thrive on complex situations and challenges. I am looking forward to managing the demands of the 24/7 operation that makes the Port of Southampton the major success it is,” said Captain Buckley.

ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said Captain Phipps was acknowledged by all to be a true gentleman of the sea.

“We wish Martin well in his retirement and look forward to working with Phil Buckley. He joins us at a very exciting time with 2018 set to be another record breaking year in the port,” he said.

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