Fort Ports is restructuring its leadership with a focus on renewable energy


Forth Ports has announced three new leadership positions, as it restructures the senior team to reflect the growing importance of the offshore renewable energy sector and the general supply chain.

David Webster has been appointed Director of Energy, responsible for integrating the energy team at Forth Ports in Scotland to strengthen its position in the energy market.

He will report directly to chief executive Charles Hammond and retain his current responsibilities as senior port manager for Dundee and Leith, where Forth Ports is currently building a £40m offshore renewables centre.

Derek Knox has been appointed Head of Operations for Scottish Ports, with strategic and operational responsibility for delivering quality performance and maximum efficiency.

He will also retain his specific responsibilities as Principal Port Manager of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, and the company’s Fife Ports, including Rosyth Port.

Knox will continue to report to COO Stuart Wallace.

Derek Knox, the new Scottish Ports Chief Operating Officer

Ross McKissock has been appointed Unit Director, responsible for integrating the commercial team on unitized containers and trailers across the group and volume growth.

He will retain his management responsibilities for the London Container Terminal and continue to report to Paul Dale, Asset and Site Manager at the Port of Tilbury.

Hammond said: “These new leadership positions come at a key time when we are focusing our business on the important areas of offshore renewable energy, containerized freight and a resilient supply chain.

“As a group, we are investing significantly across the business in these areas, including our bespoke renewable energy hubs in Leith and Dundee and our freeport freight hub in the Thames.”

Forth Ports Limited owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK: Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth – Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.

In and around the Firths of Forth and Tay, Forth Ports manages and operates an area of ​​280 square miles of navigable waters, including two marine terminals for the export of oil and gas and provides other maritime services, such as towing and conservation. She also owns the towing company Targe Towing.

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