Page last updated at 11:24 GMT, Friday, 3 October 2008 12:24 UK

Harbour master snapped up by Nato

Bill Chambers
Bill Chambers served in the Royal Navy for 35 years.

The man in charge of a Dorset harbour has been snapped up by Nato.

Weymouth harbour master Bill Chambers is to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at its Joint Warfare Centre in Norway.

Mr Chambers served in the Royal Navy for 35 years as a seaman officer including a stint as part of the Nato mission in Iraq.

He only became Weymouth's harbour master in January this year after retiring from the forces.

Responsible for harbour shipping, 600 berths and visiting vessels, Mr Chambers took over from Cpt David Stabler, who had held the post for 14 years.

He said: "I've enjoyed my time as Weymouth Harbour Master, but I have been offered a new position at Nato's Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway, and I'm afraid it's too good an opportunity to miss."

Councillor Peter Farrell, of Weymouth and Portland Council's harbour management committee, said: "We are sorry to lose Mr Chambers so soon.

"In the short time that he has been here, he has made a valuable and lasting contribution, not only to the workings of the harbour, but also in terms of helping to establish the new Harbour Management Committee.

"We wish [him] all the best."

Profile: Nato
25 Sep 08 |  Country profiles


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific