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Farewell to retired staff members

2nd December 2019

Friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate the retirement of two long serving staff members. 

John Anderson, joined the Authority as a temporary General Duties Operative in 1976, taking up a full time role soon after, working his way up to Superintendent. In John’s 43 year career at the port, looking after the port’s customers, operations and extensive land estate, there have been many significant changes in the harbour’s infrastructure and the industries supported.  

Also retiring, is John McMeechan, who started his career with the Authority as a Port Controller in June 1993, coming from a background in shipping agency. John’s interest in vessels carried throughout his career, developing Port Control systems which have logged over 142,069 vessel arrivals during that time. John’s personal interest in shipping has seen the creation of a database of war time records which will be preserved by the Authority. 

Commenting on the service of both staff, Chief Executive Calum Grains, said “both John Anderson and John McMeechan have been mainstays of our shore operations and Port Control teams dealing first hand with our tenants and customers in the day to day running of the port. The Board and staff acknowledge their tremendous contributions over the years and wish both a very long and happy retirement.”  

Calum Grains, Chief Executive (left) presented John Anderson (right) with a gift to commemorate his retirement.  From left to right: Calum Grains (Chief Executive); Iain Tulloch (Port Controller); Alexander Simpson (Harbourmaster), Charles Smith (Pilot); John McMeechan (Port Controller); Neil MacLean (Pilot); Neil Arthur (Deputy Harbourmaster); Ross Bray (Port Controller); Ellis Paton (Port Controller). Missing from the photo is Ryan Leith (Port Controller) and George White (Pilot).

Left photo: Calum Grains, Chief Executive (left) presented John Anderson (right) with a gift to commemorate his retirement.

Right photo: (From R-L) Calum Grains (Chief Executive); Iain Tulloch (Port Controller); Alexander Simpson (Harbourmaster), Charles Smith (Pilot); John McMeechan (Port Controller); Neil MacLean (Pilot); Neil Arthur (Deputy Harbourmaster); Ross Bray (Port Controller); Ellis Paton (Port Controller). Missing from the photo is Ryan Leith (Port Controller) and George White (Pilot).