#DYWKeyworker - Hamish Hardie - Port of Cromarty Firth

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Name: Hamish Hardie

Job Title:

Marine Assistant, Base Foreman, Facilities Foreman,Facilities Supervisor

Company: Port of Cromarty Firth

Hometown: Alness

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

I came ashore from the Merchant Navy and wanted a job connected with Shipping

How long have you been with the company?

38 years 6 months

Describe your day-to-day role;

Looking after the maintenance of the Port’s facilities. Supervising contractors, making sure they adhere to the Port’s H&S regulations. Allocating berths for ships and rigs, allocating storage and work areas for customers.

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

Operating forklifts,Mewp’s,and other plant. Health and Safety, Rigging,Slinging and Banksman, Appointed Person for Crane Lifting Operations. Bunkering Procedures, Port Security, Fire Fighting and First Aid

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

Yes, we have everything we need on our doorstep.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Being able to think and act quickly when problems arise

Is there anything unusual about your role?

You never know what each day is going to deliver

Do you get a lot of support from your company?


What’s your favourite part of the job?

Finishing a project

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

No, I went off to sea because the travel excited me, I enjoyed the life and looked for something similar when I came ashore.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Make sure it’s something you want to do yourself and you enjoy it.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

Doing the job I enjoy doing, as a Key Worker, I am glad we can support the country’s fight and keep things moving in and out as normal as possible

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?

I’m just doing my job and will do it as long as I’m fit to do it.