New Derry Port chair appointed

The North’s Transport Minister has today appointed a new chair of Derry’s Port and Harbour Commissioners.

Bonnie Anley, formerly a board member of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority will take office on February 8.

Minister Danny Kennedy said:” I am very pleased to announce this appointment today. Bonnie Anley has worked in the shipping industry for around two decades and has a wealth of commercial and financial experience. I am confident that she will add tremendous value to the work of the Commissioners in the the years ahead.

“Foyle Port is a key player in the local economy and I am sure that the new Chair will maximise the potential of the Port as a driver of growth and prosperity.”

Ms Anley spent 18 years working in the shipping industry at Warrenpoint Port. She was Managing Director of a port agency company, Anley Maritime Agencies, from 1992 – 2010, Director of a Roll on Roll off ferry operation Seatruck Ferries Ltd, Warrenpoint (1992 – 2010) and a board member of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (2006 -2012).

The Minister further paid tribute to outgoing chair Garvan O’Doherty.

“I would also like to thank Garvan for the valuable contribution he has made to Foyle Port during his eight year tenure as Chair,” he said.

Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners have paid tribute to their outgoing chair.

Port chief executive, Brian McGrath, said :”We wish to publicly thank Garvan both for his dynamic leadership and for his passion for the work of the Port and Harbour. His years of service as Commissioner, Deputy Chairman and Chairman mark a distinguished career in Public Service and he leaves a strong legacy for the future.”

Key milestones during Mr O’Doherty’s term as Chairman of the Harbour Commissioners include the sale of Fort George and the consequent decision to make capital investment in fixed assets and equipment rather than property, and more recently, the securing of the £80 million Evermore Renewable Energy plant for Lisahally.

Mr O’Doherty said the ongoing efforts to invest and grow at Lisahally were in keeping with their responsibility to run the port in a sustainable manner for future generations.

“By taking a strategic approach to building our core business over the past 8 years, we have been able to generate enough profits to continue to fuel future growth. It has also enabled us to maintain our role as one of the most significant players in the economy of the North West,” he said.

“I was particularly proud of our sponsorship role in the Clipper and Return of Colmcille events in 2012 and 2013.

He added:” The development of marina infrastructure in the city centre provided a platform for the Clipper event which will live long in the memory of our citizens. Through Clipper and The Return of Colmcille, we worked alongside key stakeholders in the city, and demonstrated that tapping into the potential of the Foyle helps to showcase the best this city has to offer.”