OCS has recently joined the UK Harbour Masters Association (UKHMA), an association for principal harbour masters of any statutory port or harbour in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The UKHMA was formed in 1993 and is a professional association covering several regional constituencies.
The objectives of the association are to encourage safe and efficient conduct of marine operations in ports, promote professional competence of harbour masters and represent and support the view of harbour masters to governmental bodies.
Limited commercial membership is invited by UKHMA from companies and other organisations whose business or profession includes the supply of certain goods, services and/or technical information that relate directly to harbour masters’ duties or needs.
We became a commercial member of the association after learning about the benefits at The British Port Association Annual Conference where we exhibited this year as part of our business strategy to increase our activity in the maritime market. The conference in Torquay in October was a chance for OCS to display its depth of knowledge in the maritime industry and, as a result, the team led by John Wright, Sales Director, has a number of leads to follow up.
Our business is an emerging firm within the maritime sector and we have extensive experience of working in partnership in UK docks and ports. In April 2009 we TUPEd staff from the Port of Dover and now play an essential role at the Port in ensuring passenger and freight vehicles quickly and safely board and disembark ferries at the port. We also have a long history of providing a comprehensive suite of support services at Devonport Royal Dockyard.