New harbour master appointed

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Falmouth Harbour has appointed a new harbour master.

Captain Duncan Paul has been promoted from deputy harbour master and takes over the marine safety responsibilities for Falmouth Harbour from Mark Sansom.

This appointment follows a decision by the harbour board to split the roles of harbour master and chief executive following an announcement by Captain Sansom that he intends to retire at the end of the year.

Captain Paul joined Falmouth Harbour Commissioners in 2010 as assistant harbour master and has performed a number of marine safety roles for the organisation, including pilot services general manager and deputy harbour master. Mark Sansom will continue as chief executive for the time being and hand over to a newly-appointed replacement later in the year.

Speaking of the appointment, Sansom said: “Duncan has demonstrated all the qualities required to make a success of this appointment during his long service with the organisation and I am certain that he will do a fine job for us. The role of harbour master is a unique one and I am delighted to be able to pass it over to someone who shares my passion for this extraordinary harbour.”

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