On Wednesday 14th June, Julian Seaman, Harbour Master at Shoreham Port was elected President of the UK Harbour Masters Association (UKHMA) at their Annual General Meeting.
Julian became a member of the UKHMA when he started his role as Harbour Master/Director of Marine Operations at Shoreham Port in 2009. Prior to being elected as President, Julian served as Vice President of the UKHMA for two years.
The UKHMA was formed in May 1993 at an inaugural meeting held at the University of Wales in Cardiff. The meeting, which was an extension to a series of technical briefings held by the University for the benefit of harbour masters, attracted 87 Founder Members from all areas of the British Isles.
The organisation is a professional association of harbour masters. The Association consists of seven regional constituencies, including an active group in Scotland that includes both mainland and island members.
The objectives of the Association are to encourage the safe and efficient conduct of marine operations in ports and promote the interests and professional competence of harbour masters.
Julian Seaman commented “It is an honour to be elected as President of the UKHMA. I look forward to the challenges the role will bring. There is great uncertainty in the UK at the moment with the current Brexit negotiations but I am confident that working together we will be able to provide clear guidance to our members and their organisations.”
Announcing Julian’s election at the recent UKHMA Annual General Meeting, Executive Officer Peter Moth commented “The Association is enjoying a period of substantial growth, both in terms of increasing numbers of members as well as expanding its areas of professional marine responsibility.
As a long-standing member of the UKHMA Council, as well as his more recent service as an Officer of the Association, Julian has been instrumental in many of the decisions that have resulted in this growth and is uniquely placed to give direction and leadership in the challenging period ahead.
I look forward to working closely with Julian in the further development of the Association, particularly in the enhancement of the role of Harbour Master as a vital component of safe and efficient port marine operations.”
President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association, Captain Kevin Richardson commented “I offer my warmest congratulations on behalf of IHMA to Mr Julian Seaman on his election to President of the UKHMA.