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The UK’s largest port appoints James Stride its new chief harbour master

Posted on September 13, 2023

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed James Stride as new chief harbour master, following the announcement of Bob Baker’s retirement.

Bringing a huge amount of maritime experience to the role, James Stride will take up the role in November 2023. He is currently Vice President of Maritime Governance at Carnival UK, having previously served for 20 years in the Royal Navy. As well as holding command of HMS Duncan, James has held relevant roles as a qualified navigator and hydrographic surveyor.

As chief harbour master, James Stride will report to PLA’s chief executive, Robin Mortimer, and he will be a member of Executive Committee (ExCo) and of the PLA board. He will lead the Harbour Master team in delivering their responsibilities for operational and navigational matters including vessel traffic management, pilotage, harbour services and safety and security within the Port of London.

Robin Mortimer, PLA’s chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to welcome James Stride to the PLA, bringing valuable experience and expertise to this pivotal role within the UK’s busiest port as we implement our Thames Vision 2050 strategy and work towards making London a world-leading Net Zero trading hub, at the forefront of global port innovation.”

James Stride will officially commence his role on 6 November 2023.


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