Edinburgh’s Forth Ports unveil new leadership roles amid renewables push


The group, which owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK, including seven in Scotland, said it was making the changes to reflect the “increasing importance of its ports in the offshore renewable energy sector and supply chain”. supply in general.

David Webster has been appointed director of energy. He will be responsible for integrating the company’s energy team in Scotland with a view to building on its strong market position in the energy sector and in particular offshore renewables.

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Webster will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Charles Hammond and retain his current responsibilities as Senior Ports Manager responsible for the Ports of Dundee and Leith, where Forth Ports is currently building a £40m offshore renewables hub.

Amongst the appointments at Forth Ports, Ross McKissock has been appointed director of unitised, responsible for integrating the commercial team on unitised containers and trailer cargo across the group and growing volume. Image: Todd-White Fine Art Photography

Ross McKissock has been appointed director of unitised, responsible for integrating the business team into unitised containers and trailer loading across the group and increasing volume. He will retain his responsibilities for managing the London Container Terminal and will continue to report to Paul Dale, site and asset manager at the Port of Tilbury on the Thames.

For his part, Derek Knox has been appointed head of operations for Scottish Ports. He will have strategic and operational responsibility for delivering quality performance and maximum efficiency at the group’s Scottish ports.

Knox will retain his specific responsibilities as Principal Port Manager at Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, and the Fife ports of the Forth Ports, including Rosyth.

Hammond said: “These new senior positions come at a key time when we are focusing our business on the important areas of offshore renewables, containerized cargo and a resilient supply chain. As a group, we are investing significantly in all areas of the business in these areas, including our bespoke renewable energy centers in Leith and Dundee and our freeport cargo hub on the Thames.

“I have worked with David, Ross and Derek for a number of years and am confident that they will further contribute to the continued development of Forth Ports in their new roles.”

In and around the Forth and Tay estuaries, the group manages and operates an area of ​​280 square miles of navigable waters.

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