Bill Hirst

Bill HirstBill Hirst


Bill’s career began as a Group Cadet for P&O in 1975 where he served on a variety of vessels including general cargo, reefer, tanker and passenger. Progressing through the ranks, he gained his second mates certificate and went on to work for Safmarine where he gained experience on bulk and container ships and completed his Masters (Class 1) certificate.

In 1995 Bill came ashore to work as Port Control Officer at Orkney Department of Harbours Office in Scapa Flow. In 1999, having worked there for number of years, he was promoted to Assistant Harbourmaster.

Bill relocated to Pembrokeshire in 2000 and joined the Port of Milford Haven as Assistant Harbourmaster. In 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Harbourmaster where he provided continuity through the two risk assessments carried out in preparation for the arrival of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also led on the implementation of procedures for the handling of LNG at the Port. In 2012 Bill was promoted to Harbourmaster.

Bill is a council member with the UK Harbour Masters' Association.