Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), which owns ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure across the west coast of Scotland, Clyde Estuary and Northern Isles, has appointed Morven Bridges as Head of Engineering.

Fronting CMAL’s engineering team, Morven will oversee the programming and delivery of CMAL’s vast number of engineering projects, leading on the maintenance, improvement and enhancement of CMAL’s port and harbour assets.

Morven joins CMAL with nearly 25 years of civil engineering experience in both private and public service roles. Most recently, Morven was appointed as Principal Engineer for BEAR Scotland in the North West Major Bridges unit, undertaking client duties for maintenance and improvement schemes on trunk road structures, including Kessock Bridge near Inverness.

Prior to her appointment at BEAR, Morven held various civil engineering positions with Forestry and Land Scotland, previously known as Forestry Commission Scotland, over a period of 13 years; from appointment as recreation engineer in 2007, to delivery of civil engineering programmes in Highland, Argyll and Grampian areas, before progressing to lead national civil engineering operations in 2012.

Commenting on her new appointment, Morven said: “With an ambitious programme of harbour development ahead, associated with both fleet renewal and ongoing proactive management and maintenance of the harbour assets, this is a very exciting time for CMAL. I look forward to working with the highly experienced engineering team to deliver the highest quality of work across the extensive network.

“Engaging and building relationships with contractors and engineering consultants, as well as local port operators and authorities and the local communities that rely on safe, effective harbour facilities will be a key priority for me, because their knowledge and experience is essential in delivering fit-for-purpose projects and programmes of work.”

Kevin Hobbs, CEO at CMAL, said: “Morven’s breadth of civil engineering knowledge and years of experience in delivering vital public services make her an extremely valuable addition to the team.  She will be essential in supporting CMAL’s strategic direction, and in supporting the existing engineering team deliver high quality works on time and on budget.”

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