A new Harbour Master, Captain Tom Hutchison, has recently been appointed for Montrose Port Authority (MPA).
Captain Hutchison (48) brings a wealth of experience to the role and has detailed knowledge of the operational workings of Montrose Port.
Capt. Hutchison gained this specialised knowledge, having been Pilot and Assistant Harbour Master for MPA from 2000 to 2012.
Prior to this, he had 18 years sea-going experience, that included nine years as Master. This was on cargo and container vessels working around the UK and Europe.
Most recently, he was the skipper of a number of vessels conducting surveys for proposed offshore wind farm sites in the North Sea and Irish Sea. He also enjoyed a stint as the Training Master for a new support vessel based in Barrow-in-Furness.
Montrose port itself has an interesting history, which can be traced back to the 12th century. Recent years have witnessed substantial development, mainly as a result of the advent of North Sea oil. The port was one of the first to develop a special oil support base to cater for the needs of the offshore industry.
The flexibility of berths and stevedoring on all quays has allowed Montrose to establish substantial trade in paper, forest products, aggregates, grain, scrap metal, animal feed, malting barley, cement, fertiliser, mooring chain and other oil related products. The port also handles most of the pulp imported into Scotland.
Capt. Hutchison, who lives in Montrose, said: “I know the port of Montrose extremely well and I am delighted to have been appointed as Harbour Master.
“The growth in maritime traffic at Montrose has been very noticeable in recent times and I am looking forward immensely to the challenge of ensuring optimum operational efficiency at the port.”
Nik Scott-Gray, MPA chief executive, said: “As an experienced Master Mariner, Capt. Hutchison brings with him the skills and knowledge required for the effective management of the port. He will play an instrumental role in ensuring our successful development as we continue to develop and expand.”