A WEARSIDE sailor who has commanded some of the world’s most famous cruise liners is to help boost safety in some of the busiest shipping lanes.
Captain Ian McNaught, from Washington, is to work for the Corporation of Trinity House (CTH) and the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA).
As deputy master of the CTH and executive chairman of the GLA, he will play a key role in ensuring the safety of shipping and seafarers as well as the management and inspection of hundreds of navigational aids, including buoys and beacons to lighthouses and the latest satellite technology.
Capt McNaught, who has almost 40 years maritime experience, has been an employee of Cunard, owner of some of the most famous cruise liners in the world, since 1987.
He joined the QE2 as a second officer and rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming master of the luxury cruise ship Sea Goddess 1 and holding command of the QE2 until the vessel was paid off in 2008.
“Having spent nearly 40 years at sea, my selection as deputy master of CTH is the pinnacle of a successful career as a master mariner,” said Capt McNaught. “It provides me with an opportunity to lead the principle maritime fraternity and institution in the country for the benefit of maritime Britain, the shipping industry, and all the seagoing community.
“There is, I believe, no greater opportunity than this, to use all my maritime experience and expertise gathered during my career at sea.”
In the position of executive chairman, Capt McNaught will lead the GLA, which is responsible for the safe navigation of some of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe.
It also pioneers research into new technologies to improve navigation.
As deputy master of the CTH, he will be responsible for the activities of the UK’s largest endowed maritime charity.
Capt McNaught will succeed Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert when he stands down later this year.