Capt. Allan Gray will take over as the new president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority in late November, it was revealed on Thursday.
The port authority revealed Gray would be replacing current port authority CEO Karen Oldfield in news release on Thursday. He will first complete his term as the harbour master and general manager-operations of Fremantle Ports in Perth, Australia, before taking over the Halifax job.
Gray plans to attend the annual Port Days events in Halifax on Sept. 18-19 where he will be introduced to the port community.
“Captain Gray’s extensive experience in leading a large port with similar priorities and economic impact as our own, from container and bulk shipping to cruise and infrastructure expansion projects, will serve the growing Port of Halifax’s needs well,” port authority board chair, Hector Jacques said in the news release.
“Our new CEO brings great depth and breadth of experience, and relationships in maritime transportation, shipping and cruise which will allow the Port of Halifax to continue to play an important role in growing Canada’s international trade,” Jacques stated.
Gray joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as deputy harbour master and manager marine and port operations. He was appointed harbour master in September 2008, and general manager port operations in July 2009 including commercial operations and management of the port’s bulk business.
According to the Halifax Port Authority release, Gray was the federal master (board chairman) for the Company of Master Mariners Australia from 2009-2013 and was awarded life membership for his contribution to raising the profile of the company. He is currently the president of the International Harbour Masters Association.
Prior to coming ashore, Gray’s career at sea spanned more than 20 years. During this period, he traded on various vessels from roll-on roll-off, container and bulk vessels through to the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway.
After going ashore with Australia Maritime Safety Authority and Maritime Safety Queensland he was involved in the management of marine incidents and as manager vessel traffic management at VTS Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. During this time, Gray diversified into Systems development and management with extensive experience in the operation of dynamic under keel clearance, berth warning systems, ship movement displays and real time geographic information Systems.
In 2004 he became marine manager for Perkins Shipping in Darwin, Australia responsible for the management of the marine sector of Perkins Shipping, which included operational management of shipping movements, systems development including safety management systems, training and project management.