THE deputy harbour master/pilot is retiring from Shoreham Port after 31 years.

David Miller joined as a port control officer in 1986.

He trained as a pilot at the port in 1989 and then took up his last role in 2002.

He said: “I have many happy memories from the port over the years, mainly from being on the water and boarding so many vessels.

“It’s just the thrill of going to sea in ships, whatever their description, that’s what I’ve enjoyed the most.

“I will miss the camaraderie and laughs with the close and very supportive team.

“However, I probably won’t miss the 2.30am alarms or the cold-water splash on a rough winter’s night.”

Julian Seaman, harbour master and director of marine operations, said: “I have been very lucky to have worked with David over the last 19 years, having benefited from his extensive knowledge and experience.

“His contribution to the port has been vast and I’m sure he will take a leading role in the activities he has lined up.”