Harbourmaster leaving Lyme for new challenge in Exeter

HARBOURMASTER Grahame Forshaw MBE will leave Lyme Regis next month after 10 years in the post.

Mr Forshaw served with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for 30 years before taking over as harbourmaster from Mike Poupard in 2009.

He will be taking up a new post as Exeter harbourmaster in July, responsible for the canal and estuary from one mile south of Exmouth right into the city centre.

Mr Forshaw said he had thought “long and hard” about whether to apply for the job, because Lyme Regis was such a nice place to work and everything at the harbour was now in place.

“It will be a bit of a wrench to leave but this opportunity with Exeter City Council came up and I felt it was time for a new challenge,” he said.

During his 10 years in Lyme Regis, Mr Forshaw has overseen the installation of the floating pontoons and increased the number of moorings in the harbour.

A new dredging plan is now also in place to increase the depth of the harbour and an enlarged and improved office on the Cobb is about to be opened.

Mr Forshaw – who is supported by deputy Mike Higgs, a harbour engineer and two seasonal staff – added that the harbour is now financially more secure, is receiving more support from the new Dorset Council and is attracting visiting vessels from all over the world.

He commented: “It’s an incredibly busy job; you’re on call all the time, seven days a week, but it’s very varied and you get to meet all kinds of people that come to the harbour.

“It’s been an experience working here; hard work but very enjoyable and now everything is in good shape to hand over to someone new who can take it forward.”

Dorset Council has not yet issued an announcement on Mr Forshaw’s replacement.

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