Bob Baker

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed Bob Baker as chief harbour master.  He will join the PLA pm 1 May, from Forth Ports, where he has been chief harbour master since 2001.  He will succeed David Phillips, who is retiring from the PLA in April, after nine years’ service.

Bob Baker’s seagoing career lasted from 1975 to 1991, before he came ashore to work at the port of Tilbury, latterly as general manager, conventional operations and harbour master. He has been chief harbour master at Forth Ports and a director of Forth Estuary Towage since 2001.

PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer, said: “David Phillips will retire after a unique period at the PLA and leaves with our very best wishes.  He is the only chief harbour master to call the start of a 1,000 vessel flotilla down the Thames, overseeing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012.  At the same time, his tenure also saw the arrival of ultra-large containerships on the river too.

“I’m delighted that we have recruited Bob to take over from David.  Our chief harbour master oversees a team looking after the most diverse and high profile waterway in the UK.  It will draw on Bob’s Port Marine Safety Code and other experience as we make sure that the Thames is a safe and commercially attractive river.”