Richard has worked in the Maritime Industry for 15 years and is currently responsible for the Container Terminal at Port Khalid in Sharjah for Gulftainer, recently nominated “Port Operator of the Year’ in the Lloyds List Awards, Middle East & Indian Subcontinent. Here, he oversees a team of over 300 people who carry out container operations from berthing of vessels to servicing road traffic for onward delivery. Before coming to the UAE, he worked as a Shift Manager at the Port of Grangemouth in Scotland which included two of the most severe winters in recent years. Previously, Richard served as a Deck Officer at sea with the Royal Navy and had responsibilities for briefing meteorological and oceanographic data to the operations teams. In preparation for these duties, he has studied both subjects in the UK at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon and the Royal Navy Submarine School in Torpoint, Cornwall. Although not an authority on either subject, throughout his career, Richard has used a wide range of equipment to assess the external environment and determine its effects on vessel and port operations.