Introducing Sydney Ports new Harbour Master

Introducing Sydney Ports' New Harbour Master

Sydney Ports Corporation Chief Executive Officer Grant Gilfillan has announced the appointment of Captain Philip Holliday who has commenced with Sydney Ports in mid May in the role of Executive General Manager, Marine Services & Harbour Master.

In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the Marine Services function within Sydney Ports including Pilotage, Marine Operations, Vessel Traffic Services, Safety, Security, Environment, Hydrographic Survey and ensuring the safe navigation of nearly 4000 annual international vessel movements into Sydney Harbour and Port Botany every year.

Mr Gilfillan said Captain Holliday was chosen after a comprehensive global search to recruit an internationally experienced Harbour Master.

"Prior to joining Sydney Ports, Captain Holliday had over 25 years experience in the UK marine and ports industry," Mr Gilfillan said.

Captain Holliday served in the role of Harbour Master at one of the world's busiest container ports, Southampton as well as being the Group Marine Advisor for Associated British Ports (ABP). Southampton is also the UK's busiest cruise ship port, handling one million cruise passengers and 350 cruise ship visits a year.

"He will be involved in overseeing the navigational aspects of major projects such as the Second Bulk Liquids Berth as well as working with the incoming operator of the new Third Terminal at Port Botany," Mr Gilfillan said.

"His experience with the global passenger cruise sector will be important as Sydney experiences a boom in cruise numbers, with over 210 cruise visits scheduled for 2011/12, up from 150 in 2010/11.

Earlier in his career, Captain Holliday, a Master Mariner, worked at sea on bulk carriers for Ropner Shipping Services and Souter Marine calling at ports around the world including in Australia.

Captain Holliday takes on a position that is in its 200th year in Sydney, dating back to 1811 when the first Harbour Master, Robert Watson, was appointed to control the Port of Sydney.

Source: Sydney Ports Corporation