Navy commander takes control of Moray’s harbours

A former Royal Navy destroyer commander has been given the job of managing and developing Moray’s harbours.

Malcolm McKenzie has landed responsibility for exploring the potential of all the region’s ports and insists that he is looking forward to realising the “huge potential” existing along the Moray coastline.

Mr McKenzie has the credentials for the job having been harbourmaster at one of the UK’s largest ports, Dover. He was made an MBE for his service with the Royal Navy during the second Gulf War.

The 51-year-old, who served as a commander of frigate and destroyer class ships, said he was now looking forward to meeting with harbour users.

He said: “I’ve seen what other areas have done with their harbour resources and it is clear that the Moray coastline has huge potential for leisure boating and commercial development.

“The case for the economic development of Moray’s harbours is overwhelming and I’m looking forward to meeting with local boating associations to explore the best way forward.”

Moray Council’s head of direct services welcomed the new appointment, saying: “Malcolm’s experience in Dover and in the Royal Navy at commander level will be a great asset to the future of Moray’s harbours.”

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