Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Captain Gray had a 20 year career at sea and traded on various vessels including RO-RO, container, bulk and LPG tankers. On coming ashore he was a Vessel Traffic Manager at Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008. Captain Gray was previously the Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia and was later awarded Life Membership.
On his appointment Captain Gray said,
“Harbour masters come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, and ports around the world vary in structure and resource. My vision for IHMA is to see an organisation that supports its members, that speaks for them at the international level particularly at IMO, and which is close enough to its members to help meet their concerns as they face increasing expectations of port stakeholders and future challenges facing ports. We will continue to provide a forum for the exchange of professional expertise and support, and aim to expand our services for members. I am delighted to being taking on this role and will do my best to strengthen and develop this fantastic organisation to which all harbour masters should belong!"
It was announced in mid-August that Maersk Supply Service will in the coming months provide marine support to The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization that is developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastics, and install their first clean up system in the North Pacific.
ABPmer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited, reported on 13 August with regard to Langstone Harbour Board it had been appointed to provide an independent Designated Person (DP*) service and associated annual Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC**) audit.