CAPTAIN Allan Gray, harbour master and general manager port operations at Fremantle, has been elected president of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA).
The international professional body aims to unite those responsible for marine operations in port water to promote safety, foster collaboration, promote professional standing and supply information to its membership.
On his appointment, Captain Gray noted that harbour masters come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, and ports around the world vary in structure and resources.
“My vision for the IHMA is to see an organisation that supports its members and speaks for them at the international level, particularly via the International Maritime Organisation (IMO),” he said.
“At the same time, it’s important for the International Harbour Masters’ Association to be close enough to its members to help meet their concerns, as they face increasing expectations of port stakeholders and future challenges facing ports.
“We will continue to provide a forum for the exchange of professional expertise and support, and aim to expand our services for members. I’m delighted to take on this role and will do my best to strengthen and develop this fantastic organisation to which all harbour masters should belong.”
Captain Gray was previously the federal master for the Company of Mater Mariners Australia, and was later awarded life membership.
Before joining Fremantle Ports, Captain Gray had a 20-year career at sea in container and tanker shipping.