Lower District Harbour Masters
Harbour Master (Lower) – Cathryn Spain
Cathryn is the Harbour Master for the Lower District, covering the area between Crossness (Dagenham) to the outer port limits. Her team supports her work in the Lower District across commercial operations and recreational river use. She also responsible for the provision of the PLA's emergency management and contingency planning functions, which is undertaken by a cross-departmental marine management team,involving the Harbour Masters and Vessel Traffic Services.
Deputy Harbour Master (Lower)
covers the day-to-day harbourmaster operational duties, focussing primarily on commercial operations; they also works on incident investigation and risk assessment work in the Lower District. The DHML also acts as the Port Security Officer.
Deputy Harbour Master (Lower) - Steve Rushbrook
Steve primarily focuses on river works licensing, and developing our working relationships with the recreational community. Steve is also the Emergency Planning Officer for the Port.
Executive Assistant - Sandra Baker
Sandra provides support to the functions and activities of the Lower District Harbour Master Team and the wider CHM Department as required. Sandra administers and maintains the Port Service Provider ID cards system and is responsible for the provision of the PLA Local Knowledge Endorsement certificates in support of the Harbour Master (Upper) team.
Sandra also provides admin support as the secretary of the Port Security Authority and provides cover for the role of Navigational Safety Systems Co-ordinator when they are out of the office.