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Harbour master of Portsmouth International Port set to retire Harbour master of Portsmouth International Port set to retire
Added: 28 Sep 2019
Captain Rupert Taylor Harbour master of Portsmouth International Port is set to retire after an exhilarating journey as his deputy takes over.
FROM dealing with life and death emergency situations to conflict resolutions between multi-national travel operators to helping with the commercial transformation of Portsmouth International Port, harbour master Rupert Taylor has enjoyed an exhilarating ride.
Now, after 19 years in the role and nearly 30 years overseeing Portsmouth harbour, Rupert is set to call time on his career.
Current Deputy Harbour Master Ben McInnes will assume responsibility from next Tuesday (October 1) having honed his skills working as Rupertís deputy over the last six years.

Today the port provides £190m to the local economy with 2,500 jobs - highlighting its significance despite having a relatively small management team of just 88 people. Nationally it brings in nearly £400m and provides just under 5,600 jobs overall.

ĎItís been a very satisfying job and good to be part of the port for so many years. Our goal has always been for as many people to come to Portsmouth and I feel this is something we have been able to achieve by increasing these numbers,í Rupert, 62, said.

ĎThe port has always punched above its weight and has moved forward which has allowed us to create jobs for those living locally. Today we have 2,500 jobs related to Portsmouth.í
Responsibilities cover all statutory functions of managing the harbour, including port marine safety, environmental and conservation of the harbour, as well as health and safety ashore and afloat.

The job includes management of the pilotage service, ensuring commercial vessels entering the busy harbour have on-board assistance from the portís team of pilots, who are all navigational experts possessing knowledge of the waterís depth, currents, and hazards.

Rupert has also been instrumental in helping to develop the portís cruise ambitions from scratch, building to the 50 calls expected this year.
After joining as assistant harbour master in 1990 before being promoted to harbour master in 2000, Rupert says the portís growth and increasing importance, both locally and nationally, has been one of the most satisfying aspects of his work.

The responsibility is soon to be transferred to Rupertís successor Ben, born and bred in Portsmouth, who spent his childhood playing around on boats in Portsmouth Harbour.

Ben, 39, first went to sea from Portsmouth International Port as an assistant steward on the Pride of Bilbao, washing dishes and making bunks.

He then set sail with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) on a 12-year career from cadet, to first officer, gaining master mariner certification in the process.

During his time in the RFA he took part in multiple operations, from counter narcotics and disaster relief operations in the Caribbean, through to conflict situations in Afghanistan and Libya.

More recently, Ben has been working to achieve Class 1 Pilot status and learning the various elements of harbour management in order to pass the UKHMA harbour master certificate.

Ben is now relishing the opportunity to step into Rupertís shoes. He said: ĎI felt very lucky to get the role of pilot and deputy harbour master at Portsmouth International Port. I am immensely proud to have been offered the harbour master position. I have a passion for the city, the harbour and of course the football club.

ĎI look forward to building on Rupertís work, and helping to keep the harbour safe, clean, successful and prosperous, as we look to expand the business for the future.
The retiring harbour master says the role is all-consuming at times due to its multi-tasking nature where no two days are ever the same.

 A Day in the Life of a Harbour Master
Added: 27 Aug 2019
Please note the excellent attached article featuring Association Vice President and Senior Harbour Master Forth Ports Ashley Nicholson.
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