Awards are plain sailing 
for Ashley

Forth Ports harbour master Ashley Nicholson receives her award from Vice Admiral Simon Lister
Forth Ports harbour master Ashley Nicholson receives her award from Vice Admiral Simon Lister

A harbour master – the youngest person to hold the job in the UK – has been recognised for her skills managing traffic in the busy Forth estuary.

Forth Ports’ Ashley Nicholson (29) won a Scottish Engineering Hammermen of Glasgow Award for the part she played in managing the marine operations during the construction of the new Queensferry Crossing in the River Forth.

Ashley, from Larbert, was presented with the trophy by Vice Admiral Simon Lister at a recent awards dinner in Glasgow.

The prestigious annual award is presented to an engineer or manager who has shown outstanding contribution to a business.

The young harbour master said: “I am thrilled to receive this award. Working on the bridge project is a fantastic experience and has not been without its challenges. I am grateful to my marine colleagues for the support on this project and we are looking forward to seeing the bridge opened later this year.”

Ashley is the youngest certificated Harbour Master in the UK and is responsible for marine activity on the inner Forth Estuary which, during the construction of the bridge, has seen an increase in traffic of around 5000 vessels.

Forth Ports director Stuart Wallace said: “We are extremely proud of Ashley’s achievements. She and our marine team have played an invaluable part ensuring the river activity has been well co-ordinated to allow smooth passage for the hundreds of vessels using it each day.”

Bryan Buchan, chief executive of Scottish Engineering, added: “As in the past, the standard of the entrants in all of our categories was of the highest order. Despite there being some economic difficulties, caused in no small part by the price of oil, we have been delighted by the quality of the competitors.

“Ashley showed remarkable abilities during the largest civil engineering project in Scotland this century – the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.”