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Appointment of Captain Ian Niblock as Harbourmaster of the Port of Darwin

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Ian Niblock as Harbourmaster of the Port of Darwin.  Ian brings to the Darwin Port Corporation an exceptionally strong operational background in both navigation safety and marine oil spill response.  A master mariner, Ian has had a very successful career as a harbour pilot, commencing his training as an apprentice pilot in Liverpool in 1973.  Having quickly gained the necessary sea time, he sailed as a ship’s officer on various types of cargo vessels including oil tankers.  Ian was a pilot at the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand for eight years during which time he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business (Port and Terminal Management) through the Australian Maritime College. 

Ian changed career direction in 1995 when he became responsible for creating the operational components of New Zealand’s marine oil spill response capability, which was subsequently utilised during successful responses to a number of oil pollution incidents. He was appointed as a National On-Scene Commander in 1995 and, prior to his current appointment, continued to be one of New Zealand’s national oil spill response leaders.  The new millennium saw Ian return to his maritime roots as Regional Harbourmaster for the Northland region of New Zealand.  Ian has since been fully occupied managing navigation safety on the 17 harbours under his jurisdiction, including Whangarei which is the location of New Zealand’s sole oil refinery.  He was responsible for implementing formal risk assessments and safety management systems for Northland’s two main harbours and piloted visiting cruise ships calling at the Bay of Islands in the far north of New Zealand.

Ian will commence with DPC on 5 October 2010 and will be relocating from New Zealand to Darwin in the meantime, along with his family.

I trust you will all join with me in making Ian welcome as an important part of the DPC team as head of Port Regulation and a member of the Port Management Group.