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New chief harbour master to join Port of London Authority

David SnelsonThe Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed David Snelson as its next chief harbour master and a member of the PLA Board. He will take up his new post in January 2007.

David Snelson will join the PLA from the Royal Navy, where he is currently serving as a rear admiral.  He has had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) since 1969.  He has commanded a number of ships, most recently the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, and has worked as Commander UK Maritime Forces - the Royal Navy’s senior seagoing operational commander.  He has also been Director Naval Staff, MoD and Director Naval Operations, MoD. 

David is a Fellow and Council member of the Nautical Institute and a member of the Royal Yachting Association.

David Snelson will take over from Bruce Richardson, who retires at the end of December after 12 years as PLA chief harbour master.

chairman, Simon Sherrard, said:
"I am delighted that David Snelson will be joining us as our chief harbour master. He will bring to the PLA extensive knowledge and leadership experience in a maritime environment and joins us at a key time in the future development of the Port of London."

·                     Contact: Martin Garside, Port of London Authority. Tel: 01474 562366. Email: martin.garside@pla.co.uk 

·                     A photo of David Snelson is available on request.   

Notes to Editors:

  1. The PLA is the port and navigation authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for users of the Thames.
  2. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. The Port comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes.
  3. London also has a busy passenger boat trade for tourists and commuters and is a popular destination for passenger cruise ships. The tidal Thames is also used widely by those with small recreational craft of many types.