Capital Cruising strengthens cruise team in Scotland with new appointment

Capital Cruising strengthens cruise team in Scotland with new appointment

A new addition to the Scotland management team
Chris Alexander
Chris Alexander

Capital Cruising, who run six busy cruise terminals across the UK, including two of the most strategically located Ports in Europe - Edinburgh and London - has appointed Chris Alexander to the management team. Chris, who joined the business at the beginning of March, is an experienced professional who has worked in the cruise industry for over 20 years. Chris was previously a Ships Agent with Denholm Wilhelmsen Limited working with cruise vessels across Scotland. He also worked with Matthew Taylor also as a Ships Agent.

In this new role for Capital Cruising, which is owned by Forth Ports, Chris will be responsible for coordinating and planning all cruise visits in Scotland and will work closely across cruise operations in the Forth and the Tay. The creation of this new role demonstrates the company’s commitment to offering customers the best experience possible.

Capital Cruising’s Head of Cruise, Robert Mason said:

“We welcome Chris to the management team at an important time for our cruise business. We are growing year on year as the cruise industry increases in popularity and it’s important that we deliver an excellent customer experience for people visiting or leaving from our ports and anchorages. 2018 is set to be our busiest yet so this will keep Chris busy!”

Commenting on his new role, Chris Alexander, said: “This is an exciting new role for me within the cruise sector that I know so well and I am looking forward to playing my part in the continued growth of the business in Scotland.”

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London

London Tilbury

Steve Lyons

Head of Cruise

Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.

Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.

Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.

Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Robert Mason

Head of Cruise

Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.

In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.

He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.

Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.