New harbour master appointed at Port of Tyne

Captain Alan McPherson has been appointed as harbour master at the Port of Tyne.
Captain Alan McPherson has been appointed as harbour master at the Port of Tyne.

The Port of Tyne has a new harbour master after Captain Alan McPherson was appointed.

Mr McPherson will be responsible for all aspects of marine conservancy and the safety of navigation on the River Tyne.

A master mariner with a career of over 10 years in the Merchant Navy, Mr McPherson joined the Port of Tyne in April 2001 as marine officer pilot, and successfully completed a series of training assessments to become the Port's first unlimited class pilot. He was appointed deputy harbour master in 2004.

He said: “Having lived in the area for over 25 years, I fully understand the importance of the River Tyne to the region and the wider community.

!I have been fortunate to serve as a pilot on this great river, and now have the honour of being the harbour master too.”

“I am looking forward to working with all of our stakeholders and other river users as the Port continues to invest in infrastructure and capability that will support and deliver a vibrant future for the river.”

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive officer, said: “Alan brings a huge amount of experience and professionalism to the role, and I look forward to working with him as we seek to grow Port capacity and expand our operational berths.”

Mr McPherson is a director and trustee of the Tyne Lifeboat Society, an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute and a member in training at Trinity House Newcastle.

With over 25 years of experience in the marine industry during his time at the Port of Tyne, he has been involved with many marine projects, such as the Tall Ships visit of 2005, and the pilotage of some of the most complex shipping movements on the Tyne, including the QE2, Ark Royal and the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam.