Montrose Port Authority has a new chief executive.
Nicholas Scott-Gray has been appointed as the head of Montrose Port Authority (MPA) – bringing with him more than 26 years’ experience within the port and shipping sectors.
Mr Scott-Gray (48) was most recently the business development manager at Forth Ports Ltd where he successfully developed the company’s commercial strategy for the development of the ports under its umbrella.
Prior to then, he was port manager at Leith and Grangemouth.
He has also previously held a number of prominent roles in shipping and marine logistics.
He succeeds John Paterson (67) who is retiring after nine years as MPA chief executive, during which time he oversaw an increase in turnover at the Angus port from £2.4 million to £4.8 million.
The annual tonnage of shipping visiting Montrose exceeded two million tonnes for the first time in 2014 and the numbers of oil and gas vessels using the port has more than doubled since 2011.
Mr Scott-Gray said: “I am delighted to be taking over the helm at Montrose Port Authority at a time when it is enjoying strong growth and where it is now firmly established as an important North Sea shipping and logistics hub.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing this expansion so as bring further economic benefits to Montrose and the local economy.”
Mr Paterson said: “Nicholas has an impressive track record in port management and development, which will stand Montrose in good stead for the next stage of its expansion.
“We have a superb workforce and the local businesses that rely upon the port have always been tremendously supportive and open to new ideas and innovations.”
Nick Bradford, chairman of MPA, said: “Nicholas brings the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure Montrose builds upon its position as one of Scotland’s leading ports.
“I would also like to thank John for his superb leadership in driving the port forward and wish him well for his retirement.”
The last seven years has seen record investment at Montrose, including the recent £6 million upgrade of berths six and seven on the north side of the port to ensure deep water berthing and enhanced quayside operational working space.
This upgrade follows on from the £8.5 million south quay development programme completed three years ago.