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,
ABP Southampton harbour master and IHMA member Captain Martin Phipps received an MBE for services to UK exports in the New Year’s Honours list.
Captain Phipps said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour. It is a great privilege to serve as harbour master for the Port of Southampton, the nation’s gateway to the world.
I am deeply grateful for the support of the great team at the port who work so hard to keep trade and people moving safely 24/7, 365 days a year. This honour is also testimony to their tremendous skill and dedication.”
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.