BUCKIE has a new harbourmaster – and he is believed to be one of the youngest in the country.
Darren Bremner has been appointed to the top job at Moray’s biggest harbour at the age of just 35.
But in that time he has gathered a wealth of experience which will stand him in good stead as he helps to lead in developing the harbour and fulfilling its potential as a huge asset for both its owners, Moray Council, and the local economy.
Darren, who lives in Findochty where he grew up, joined as assistant harbourmaster only a year ago and was immediately ‘thrown in at the deep end’ when the then harbourmaster resigned just nine days later.
His hard work and dedication have now been rewarded as he takes charge of one of the busiest ports on the Moray Firth.
“I am delighted at getting the job, particularly at a time when the harbour area has so much going for it in terms of future development,” said Darren.
“I have got to know many of the harbour users in my year here and I am really looking forward to working with them to realise the harbour’s full potential.”
Darren has worked on semi-submersible rigs and carried out multiple tasks on large supply vessels and numerous types of smaller craft and barges.
He has been involved in many lifting operations and personnel transfers offshore as well as working in shipyards in Hartlepool, Invergordon and Gran Canaria.
Moray Council’s harbour operations manager, Duncan Brown, said Darren’s excellent communication skills, training experience and health and safety background would prove an invaluable asset.
“Darren is a crucial member of the council’s new harbours team which is focused on the development of all of Moray Council’s harbours in order to increase activity levels and attract economic investment,” said Mr Brown.
Buckie was once one of Scotland’s main fishing ports but now handles mainly commercial traffic, turning around 100,000 tonnes of cargo each year, and is playing an increasing role in the servicing and maintenance of vessels associated with the offshore renewables industry in the Moray Firth.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
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