The New Year has brought about new leadership at Portsmouth International Port, as Mike Sellers begins his full time role as the new Port Director.
Sellers, who has spent the last twenty years working for Associated British Ports in the East and North East of England, first arrived in Hampshire in December to start his induction at Portsmouth International Port.
He has now taken full control of all operations at the port and is also the Chairman of the Board at MMD Ltd, the leading fruit import and handling business based at Portsmouth International Port.
Commenting on the appointment, Sellers said: “I have spent December getting to know the Port and have been impressed with what I have seen. It is clear that the staff are dedicated to providing customers with the highest levels of service, and that recent investment has delivered first class facilities. I am looking forward to working with the team and our partners to build on the successes of Britain’s best connected Port, and to make it the first choice for ferry, freight and cruise customers.”
Sellers comes from a family of dock workers and has dedicated his entire career to shipping. Most recently he acted as Port Manager at Grimsby and Immingham where he oversaw the movement of 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. Sellers was also heavily involved in the development of the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal, the world’s largest biomass handling facility.
He brings with him a wide range of shipping experience and has held senior roles at a number of Ports in East Anglia and Humberside.
The new job adds to an already full list of responsibilities as Sellers' wife gave birth to twin girls in September last year (2016), which was also when Portsmouth Harbour was forced to close after an unexploded torpedo was found at the bay.