Harbourmaster and Marine Director
Responsible for the safe use of the Waterway by all users, Mike works with the Board and the operational business units to ensure our marine operations work effectively, and that we maintain the level of service our customers expect from us. Gained during a long Naval career, Mike brings extensive experience in managing complex operational situations. His focus is on delivering strategic and operational goals, and to maximising efficiencies and best practice in a safe working environment.
Former Royal Navy Commanding Officer, Mike Ryan, joined the Port of Milford Haven in August 2017 as Harbourmaster/Marine Director. He has extensive experience of delivering operations safely and successfully worldwide, and in complex situations.
Having studied Oceanography at Swansea University, Mike joined the Royal Navy in 1988, commencing a naval career that spanned almost 30 years. Completing his navigation and bridge watch keeping qualifications in patrol craft and frigates he then sub-specialised as aircrew, qualifying as an anti-submarine warfare Observer flying Sea King helicopters (including a tour as an instructor and Search and Rescue duties), before converting to the anti-surface warfare role flying the Lynx.
Mike continued to build his ship driving experience throughout and has undertaken four ship and aviation command appointments, serving on a wide variety of ships encompassing aircraft carriers (where he was the last Commander (Air) of HMS Illustrious) and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.
Highlights included commanding a minehunter (which involved Fishery Protection duties) and contributing to the security of the London 2012 Olympics. Ashore he served in the Navy Headquarters in Portsmouth and the Ministry of Defence in London.
Mike is an Associated Fellow of the Nautical Institute.