PORTS North has announced its CEO Chris Boland is leaving the company on 30 June this year.

Mr Boland has worked with Ports North for more than 33 years, according to the company. He spent the last 13 years as CEO.

Ports North chair Russell Beer said Mr Boland had made a “significant contribution and impact” during his time with Ports North.

“He has provided outstanding leadership and vision,” Mr Beer said.

“Chris has overseen the successful delivery of region defining projects such as Cairns Cityport and the Cairns Shipping Development Project and ensured the management and development of vital regional ports in Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Straits is a major focus for the organisation.”

Mr Beer said Mr Boland had also managed the 30-year master plan for Cairns and Mourilyan, which unlocked investment in the Cairns Marine Precinct Expansion project.

“He has also skilfully navigated difficult challenges including Covid-19 and set the organisation up for long term success,” he said.

“As former chair of Queensland Ports Association and a current board member of Ports Australia, Advance Cairns and the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Chris has also contributed significantly to the ports sector and the Far North Queensland Region.

“Whilst he leaves Ports North, I know that Chris is a passionate and committed leader in the Far North Queensland community and will continue to add value in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Mr Beer said the board has a transition plan in place and will begin the recruitment process for a new chief executive officer.

“We will be seeking a CEO to lead the company through its next phase of growth,” he said.