Port of Blyth Harbour Master Captain Martin Willis is to step down from his position with the Port and will be replaced by his Deputy, Edwin Dick.
The move will see Martin take up a role with the UK Harbour Masters’ Association (UKHMA) as the organisations’ new Executive Officer – the first change in the Association’s secretariat in over 20 years, following the retirement of his predecessor Peter Moth.
Edwin Dick, who has served as Deputy Harbour Master since 2013, will take over the role of Harbour Master following a handover period in June 2019.
Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to place on record my gratitude to Martin Willis for his hard work and dedication since his appointment as Harbour Master in 2011. His commitment to the development of the Port of Blyth in that time has been invaluable during a period of considerable growth and change and we wish him luck with his position at the UKHMA.
“I’d also like to officially welcome Edwin to his new role with the Port following a very successful period as Martin’s deputy. We’re delighted that the strength of the Marine Department is such that Ed was ready to take over the role immediately and I know that he will make a success of it from day one.”
Commenting on his new appointment, Capt. Willis remarked: “It is with great personal pleasure and considered an honour to be able to accept the opportunity to become Executive Officer of the UK Harbour Masters’ Association. As a long-time member and as past Vice President of the association, the professional recognition and appreciation of the responsible role of the Harbour Master is of great personal interest to myself.”
Capt. Willis will officially take over responsibilities at the UKHMA’s Annual General Meeting, on 12 June in Southampton.