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New board appointments at key Shetland fishing port. At the recent Lerwick Port Authority’s Annual General Meeting, John Henderson was appointed as Chairman of the Authority. Colin Nicholson was also appointed as Deputy Chairman. These appointments are made annually.

John takes over from retiring Chairman George Anderson, who served on the board for over 19 years. John said he is looking ahead to the good prospects for the years ahead, noting the continued recovery through covid and opportunities in offshore decommissioning, the renewable energy sector and Lerwick being a Host Port in the Tall Ships Races next year.

Following the annual appointments process, three new Board Members joined the Board this month, namely Sheila Keith, Colin Leask and Richard Williamson, all of whom bring valuable fishing and aquaculture industry expertise and will serve a three-year term to July 2025.

Other members stepping down following long periods of service on the Board are Bobby Polson and James Anderson, having served 23 and 10 years respectively.

At the crossroads of the North Sea and North-east Atlantic, Lerwick Harbour is Britain’s ‘Top’ Port – the most northerly commercial harbour in the country. With two entrances, the sheltered, deep-water port is open to shipping in all weathers and operates around the clock, handling over 5,000 vessels.

Photo: New Board Members appointed to the Board of Lerwick Port Authority are from left to right: Sheila Keith, Richard Williamson (existing Board Members Colin Nicholson and John Henderson) and Colin Leask. Credit: John Coutts