V&A pays tribute to industry stalwart

Only the south-easter knows the V&A better than Steven Bentley.

The veteran Harbour Master is stepping down after more years at the Waterfront than almost anybody can remember.

In fact it is 30 years, with the last 15 as Harbour Master, according to a statement issued in July by executive head of Marine and Industrial at the V&A Waterfront, Andre Blaine.  Said Blaine: “In all that time he (Bentley) has provided exemplary leadership with great skill and understanding and dedication to the marine portfolio and become a good friend to all who call the Waterfront home.”

“We thank Steven for his positive contribution to the growth of the V&A Waterfront, his passion for ships, fishing boats, sailing, the charter fleet and the small boat fraternity,” Blaine added.

All is not lost however: Bentley will still be working on periodic Waterfront projects.  “We are not losing Steven, as he has agreed to assist at the Waterfront in a part-time capacity on specific projects, so you should still spot him walking the quaysides at times,” Blaine said.

Vanessa Davidson of SABBEX acknowledged the immense contributions of Steven to the boating and marine sector, his irrepressible energy and commitment. “Calling Steven at 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon asking for an emergency berth because the weather had turned bad to organising large international yachting events, Steven takes everything in his stride in a professional and no-nonsense manner. He gets things done”.

Michael Thomas (Cruise Terminal Manager) and Josh Fisher (Marina and Canal Manager) will fill in for Bentley until a permanent replacement is announced.

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