A new Harbourmaster has been appointed to help steer Stornoway Port Authority through a period that will be transformational for the island community.

From Portnaguran, Scott Campbell takes on the newly-revised role of Harbourmaster/Operations Manager at a time when the Port Authority is working on a series of major developments in line with its 20-year Masterplan.

Mr Campbell, 35, a master mariner with more than 17 years’ experience in various roles in the marine/offshore industry, was recently promoted to Master after serving as Chief officer for Prosafe Offshore on board the Safe Scandinavia for the past 5 years.

He takes up his role with the Port Authority as it seeks to progress ambitious proposals, including the creation of a deep-water port which will bring major economic benefits to the island.

This will help accelerate growth in the cruise business, by providing a berth for larger ships, as well as improved berthing and servicing for oil and renewables projects and a new linkspan/freight ferry berth.

The Masterplan also includes a new marina to tackle a shortage of yacht berths and amenities that is constraining potential growth in marine tourism.

Mr Campbell, who has a Class 1 Master’s Unlimited Certificate of Competency, was educated at The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and gained an HND in Nautical Science at the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.

His new role will include working with the Stornoway Port Authority team to develop the deep water port. He will also advise the Authority on marine matters as well as being responsible for marine and landside health and safety.

He said: “This is an exciting challenge at a time of major change with exciting opportunities for the harbour and the island generally.

“The chance to be part of the team working on the Masterplan and progressing these ambitious developments is one I’m very much looking forward to.”

Alex MacLeod, Stornoway Port Authority’s Chief Executive, said: “Scott is a great addition to the team and very much complements our current marine staff. This is a key role within the Port Authority’s senior leadership team and we welcome Scott’s previous experience on a wide variety of vessels, including those deep sea and in the Oil & Gas industry.

“The Port Authority is going through a period of change which presents unique operational challenges over the coming years. We are delighted to have someone with Scott’s expertise and knowledge to deliver a safe, reliable and efficient operation as we advance these long-term developments.”

The Masterplan proposals were outlined at a public exhibition last month. A second exhibition will be held on Monday 4 June between 10am-6pm in Stornoway Town Hall and a presentation will also be delivered at the Port’s Annual public meeting on 23 May at An Lanntair Arts Centre.

Feedback from these events will be considered before formal applications are made for planning permission, marine licences and a Harbour Revision Order which are needed before the projects can proceed.