New Harbourmaster at Lerwick Port Authority
11th January, 2007
Originally from Whiteness, Shetland, he began his seagoing career with Shell Tankers in 1988, studying for Deck Officer/Engineer Officer certificates before becoming a harbour pilot at Lerwick in 1997. Returning to sea in 2000, he served as a Chief Officer on oil tankers and gained his Masters Certificate.
He rejoined Lerwick Port Authority as Deputy Harbourmaster in 2003, since when his responsibilities have included overseeing construction and delivery of a new tug; implementation of international security and national safety measures; operational planning in support of a major oil field development and of decommissioning by the industry, and contributing to plans for future port development.
Captain Grains succeeds Captain Archer Kemp who has retired after more than 13 years with the Port Authority, including over nine years as Harbourmaster.