Port conference is hailed a success

Chairman of Stornoway Port Authority Murdo Murray, Chief Executive, Alex MacLeod,  Chief Executive of the British Port Association David Whitehead and Chairman Andrew Moffat.
Chairman of Stornoway Port Authority Murdo Murray, Chief Executive, Alex MacLeod, Chief Executive of the British Port Association David Whitehead and Chairman Andrew Moffat.

Stornoway Port Authority and the British Port Association were delighted with the number of delegates attending this year’s prestigious British Port Association annual conference in Stornoway, which took place over three days from September 29th to October 2nd.

More than 200 UK maritime industry leaders and decision makers attended together with delegates and exhibitors from port authorities, government departments, maritime consultants and other agencies within the industry.

The Scottish Minister for Transport and the Islands, Derek Mackay also attended the event as one of the guest speakers.

A series of social events were planned for delegates to showcase local culture and heritage, together with the trade exhibitions and sponsors running alongside the conference.

Director of the British Port Association David Whitehead said: “It’s a real pleasure to come to Stornoway.

“Our members are based across the whole of the UK and locating our conference here has created huge interest.

“The number of participants has exceeded expectations and we’re delighted that speakers covered a very broad range of port and maritime issues, from navigational safety to pensions.

“It’s also a privilege to be part of the 150th anniversary of the setting up of the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission.”

Alex MacLeod, Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority said: “This was an excellent opportunity for the Stornoway Port Authority to showcase the Port and the island in general.”