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New Harbour Master Joins Top Team at Port 18/06/2013
Chief Executive for the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, Bob Buskie, has this week announced the appointment of a new Harbour Master for this vibrant and thriving Port. 

Captain Torquil Macleod takes up the exciting position this week and is tasked with the safe navigation and regulation of all marine operations within the 18 miles jurisdiction of the Port Authority.  Torquil has succeeded Captain Ken Gray in this role and will help oversee one of the busiest ports in the country, which in 2012 handled approximately £1 billion in goods and services. 

This new announcement has been made two weeks since the Port announced the arrival of Bob Buskie, who took over as Chief Executive.   The decision to appoint a separate Chief Executive and Harbour Master reflects a new approach for the Port Authority, where for the last 8 years both roles were undertaken by Ken Gray, who has now retired.

Torquil joins the Port after 8 years spent as Deputy Chief Executive and Harbour Master at Stornoway Port Authority. His career spans nearly 38 years maritime and offshore experience, including time spent as a Barge Mariner and in senior management within the offshore sector.

He said “I am looking forward to this new challenge.  It is a fantastic and rare opportunity to combine my background in oil & gas with my experience working as Harbour Master.  I look forward to meeting the Port users as soon as possible.”

Bob Buskie commented “We are delighted to welcome Torquil to the team.  The role of Harbour Master is crucial to the safe operations of this port.  The diversity and scale of activity in the Cromarty Firth highlights how important the Harbour Master is to continued safe and effective operations.”

This appointment has been made at an exciting time for the Port Authority, which is about to embark on a £20million expansion plan aimed at ensuring the port is able to grow alongside offshore marine developments and a continued oil and gas market.  It is estimated that 791 full time operational jobs (direct and indirect) will be supported by the expansion. 
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