Substantial planned improvement works to Milford Marina will press ahead full steam –despite upcoming changes to the marina’s management, prompted by the announcement that Pembrokeshire Marine Group managing director Nathan Hewitt will be leaving at the end of April to pursue a new career in the anti-pollution industry.
Milford Haven Port’s short sea director Kevin Hobbs said that Nathan, a marine engineer with significant marina development experience, would be greatly missed and was wished every success in his new career. However, the Port would remain focused on raising service levels and facility standards at Milford Marina through on-going investment.
“Nathan played a key role in establishing the Pembrokeshire Marine Group, a partnership between the Port and Cardiff Marine Group, and during the past year has overseen many recent developments,” said Mr Hobbs.
“While Nathan’s departure will be a great loss, we are fully committed to the current programme of work he initiated including improvements to decking and electrics, and preparation for a new dry stack facility.”
He added that the change in management at the marina would also afford the opportunity to review the considerable progress made to date in the marina’s management, and to establish how to best deliver the standard of service required in the future.
“For example, the positive relationship Nathan developed with Cardiff Marine Group is greatly valued. So while Milford Haven Port will reassume full responsibility for the marina at the end of April, we fully intend to maintain the current strong relationship with Cardiff Marine Group, with the mutual aim of providing first class marine-leisure facilities and services throughout Wales,” explained Mr Hobbs.
“A number of marina customers are also benefitting from the joint marketing initiatives created by the partnership, therefore we intend to continue using the name ‘Pembrokeshire Marine Group’ and its branding for marketing purposes.”
Pembrokeshire Marine Group was established in 2010 to raise the profile and increase the level of service provision for boat owners at Milford Marina through joint marketing and investment initiatives between Milford Haven Port and The Cardiff Marine Group.
Photo caption: Improvement works to Milford Marina continue
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Milford Haven Port Authority
Milford Haven Port Authority is responsible for the biggest port in Wales, and the third largest port in the UK, handling over 71m gross tons of shipping which amounted to nearly 49m tonnes of cargo during 2011. One of the most prominent on the West Coast, it is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain.
Two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities on its shores mean that a potential 30% of the UK's gas requirements can be processed through the Port. With 25% of the UK's petrol and diesel provisions also being handled on the Waterway, Milford Haven is widely recognised as the energy capital of the UK.
Milford Haven Port Authority is a trust port -an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. All profits are retained within the Authority to fund these objectives.