FHC honour for True “Port” Ambassador

by tocle on January 24th, 2013 - Comments Off

FHC honour for True “Port” Ambassador

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners have presented the FHC Annual Award to Penny Phillips, Chairman of Falmouth Mission to Seafarers, in recognition of her services to the charity and to Falmouth Harbour.

In her role as Chairman, Penny is responsible for coordinating support for all seafarers at Falmouth port, and her work has contributed to the charity’s Falmouth centre winning several awards in 2012, including the Merchant Navy Welfare Award for Services to Seafarers.

Penny also played an instrumental role in assisting survivors of the MSC Flaminia when they arrived in Falmouth after their ship exploded in the mid-Atlantic, working with a team of volunteers for over eight hours to ensure the crew were well looked after.

The Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) Annual Award is presented to people who have contributed significantly to the success of the harbour over the course of the year. Nominees are put forward by the FHC Consultative Committee, which is made up of commercial and leisure harbour users, before a winner is selected by the FHC Board.

The 2012 award was presented to Penny by Capt Mark Sansom, FHC Chief Executive and Harbour Master at a ceremony held at the Falmouth Maritime Museum.

Captain Sansom said: “Penny is a true ambassador not only for Mission to Seafarers but also for the Port of Falmouth, and is a worthy recipient of our Annual Award.”

As well as holding the voluntary position with Mission to Seafarers, Penny is employed by A&P Falmouth as Executive Assistant.

New Operations Director for Falmouth

by tocle on January 23rd, 2013 - Comments Off

New Operations Director for Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has appointed 55-year-old Steve Jones as the new Operations Director at the yard.
Steve has held a number of important positions within the shiprepair and shipbuilding industry. He began his career doing a four-year apprenticeship with Cammell Laird on Merseyside.

On leaving Cammell Laird Steve joined the Wilton-Fijenoord shipyard in Holland where he remained for two years gaining experience working in a Continental yard. Then came a change of career direction with the first of two four year appointments working for the Australian company Dunlop-Olympic.

Returning to the UK in 1994 Steve worked for Coastlines Industries on the Mersey where he was employed as a foreman steelworker then progressing to a ship manager until 2001 when the yard closed. After a spell as Head of Production at Northwestern Shiprepair on Merseyside Steve accepted a post as Production Manager with the Grand Bahamas Shipyard where many of the world’s top cruise ships dock for repairs. Delighted to be back in the UK and living in Cornwall Steve relishes the challenge that the Falmouth yard will bring.