Montrose Port Authority has announced Captain Tom Hutchison as its new chief executive.
Mr Hutchison has held the position on an interim basis since his predecessor, Nik Scott-Gray stepped down in June.
His long association with Montrose Port began in 2000 when he took up the role of pilot, following a lengthy career at sea, working globally on various cargo and container ships.
As well as stepping into the role of chief executive, Mr Hutchison will retain the role of harbour master which he has held since 2015.
His appointment comes in the wake of a record-breaking period for Montrose Port which has seen gross tonnage of vessel handled reached unprecedented levels.
The Angus port is currently undergoing significant redevelopment following private and public investment totalling £7.7 million.
This has been spent on the port’s quayside expansion project, the creation of an export facility to service GE company Baker Hughes’ Montrose-based subsea centre of excellence and diversification into the tourist cruise market.
Mr Hutchison said: “These are exciting times for Montrose Port and I am delighted to be taking over as we continue to consolidate our position as a key hub for both the oil and gas industry and the general cargo market.
“I am looking forward to seeing our status strengthened as we press ahead with further development plans such as the opening of a new berth this November.”
Mr Hutchison also serves as operations manager of Montrose Lifeboat Station.
Chair of the Montrose Port Authority Board of Trustees, John Carmichael added: “I am very pleased Captain Hutchison has taken over the role of CEO.
“He has the best interests of the port at heart and has worked tirelessly in recent years to build a strong team with excellent customer relations.
“I look forward to continuing to work with him as I am confident that he is the best person to lead the port to a bright future.”
Former chief executive Nik Scott-Gray now holds the position of general manager with Port of Dover Cargo.