Lerwick Port Authority's new Deputy Harbourmaster, Captain Neil Arthur, has added to his marine qualifications hard-on-the-heels of his appointment.

Having successfully gained his Pilot’s certification, Neil will contribute to the overall management of marine operations at the port which handles over 5,000 vessels in, out and around the busy Shetland harbour annually.

Originally from Whalsay, Shetland, Captain Arthur (33) was recruited to succeed Captain Alexander Simpson who was promoted to Harbourmaster.

Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains, said: “We are delighted to welcome Neil and the contribution he will make to our operations across the various industry sectors.”

Captain Arthur began his career as a cadet with Clyde Marine in 2003, with sponsorship from the specialist geared cargo company, Gearbulk, later gaining a BSc in Nautical Science from Strathclyde University and qualifying as an Officer from Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. Following employment by Gearbulk as a junior officer, he moved into the offshore industry with Subsea 7 for 10 years, rising through the ranks and gaining his Chief Officer’s Licence from Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and Master’s from Glasgow Maritime Academy.

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