New boss announced to take the helm at Great Yarmouth outer harbour

Bruce Coupland, new general manager at Great Yarmouth outer harbour. Picture: submitted Bruce Coupland, new general manager at Great Yarmouth outer harbour. Picture: submitted

Friday, February 21, 2014
2:26 PM

A “local boy” will take up the role of general manager at Great Yarmouth’s outer harbour after its current boss announced he was stepping down.

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Bruce Coupland, who was born in Reedham and now lives in Norwich, will take up the post from March 3, replacing Jamie Frater who is leaving the role at the end of February.

Mr Coupland, who lived in Acle until 1982, joined P&O as a cadet in 1974 and 15 years later, as master mariner, left the sea to work as a ship planner at Felixstowe port.

From 1996 - 2003 he worked in various operational positions in Mombasa, Kenya and the Bahamas.

After this he returned to the UK to take up a position in business development with Hutchison Port Holdings. Mr Coupland travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, which resulted in him taking up a role in Izmir, Turkey in 2007.

He has just completed a four year assignment as general manager of the Taranto container terminal in Italy and is now looking forward to returning to his home roots in Norfolk.

Mr Frater, who took up the post in May 2012, is leaving Yarmouth to work as senior asset manager at the London container port in Tilbury.

19 comments

  • Rubbish. Dream on Castle.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • you summoned up the biggest troll of the lot there Mick.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Great Yarmouth has been supporting operations in the Southern North Sea since the '70's. Up until 2000 energy activity was much greater than it is now with such giants as Amoco, Conoco, Phillips, Halliburton, Brown & Root, Rowan Drilling and Arco operating efficiently and effectively without the benefit of the Outer Harbour. From what I've seen I'm of the opinion that most if not all of the offshore related vessels using the OH could have been handled through the old port. The real question is whether the OH has brought the undoubted upsurge in energy related jobs at the moment or whether they would have been created in spite of? Personally I think most people in the know about energy operations in this town would suggest the latter but let's hope the OH really does kick off.

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    Toxic23

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • have not been around the South Denes area for a few years. Might have something to do with that monstrous blight of unused harbour blocking off the roads now

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    DaveG

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I moved away 5 years ago, and in Great Yarmouth nothing has improved since then. I now reside in a gorgeous city in the Fens but still like to keep an eye on developments in this home town of mine.

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    wes1975

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well said Mick. Keep fighting the fight. You're a man who cares about where he lives. What good have people like Wes and V done for the areas where they live? NOTHING. just relentless whinging and doing down of this area on here. Would they take the opportunity to be a councillor? No. Whether parish, borough, or district. They are indeed trolls. Keyboard warriors who will do anything to put this area down. Sad fools. Why don't they move elsewhere if they hate it that much.

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    DT

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Still no answers to the questions though ? Come on DT & TJ. Get your "friend Castle" to start answering questions. And you call me ignorant ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I don't want to get into the question of empty shops in the Town Centre because many towns have the same problem. Drive into the South Denes industrial area and you will find every street packed with parked cars reflecting the thousands of jobs in that port area - I doubt these "trolls" have taken a look down there for years - and seen the new buildings which have appeared like Sea Jack's impressive premises near the Power Station.

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    Mick Castle

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Still no answers to the questions though ? Come on DT & TJ. Get your "friend Castle" to start answering questions. And you call me ignorant ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Well Wes, with you not living here I'm not sure how qualified you are to speak so repeatedly about the place. And whilst V lives in Bradwell he or she is like the boy (or girl) who cried wolf - commenting on every single story going , whining like a crying baby every time. Any decent point that V does raise is undermined by the sheer hatred that this sad individual has for the area where they've chosen to live and how regularly they do it down.

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    DT

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • At least this chap does have "some" local connection. However, the energy sector (the key to Eastport's success so we're told) is a "who you know in the industry game" so I won't hold my breath . I seem to recall that "containers" were not in Eastport's business strategy. Funny how things change!

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    Toxic23

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Lions share of energy jobs ?. Which port has got the contract to become the maintenance and operations hub for the Galloper wind farm array ? ( I will give you a clue, Its not Yarmouth.) Secondly, "...South Denes industrial area and you will find every street packed with parked cars reflecting the thousands of jobs in that port area ". Yep. And it is these same people who own these cars who will be out of a job when Eastport decides to compulsorily purchase the land and the companies do not re-open. Not that you give a dam Castle nor the other councillors. as long as I'm alright Jack". You also say "new building(s). Yes. Seajacks are there, but where are the others ?. This 'troll' has been down there recently Castle. Have you ?

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    "V"

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • The outer harbour was a huge mistake and will never make a profit. Best turn it into a marina and at least it will get used!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • So Castle states that Yarmouth's economic future looks assured. Has this man actually walked around the town centre and surrounding streets? If he did, he must have had a sack on his head.

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    wes1975

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Do they think Yarmouth would be getting the lion's share of these new Energy Jobs if it hadn't now got the deep water facility that is East Port?

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    Mick Castle

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • DT. or Castle. Answer the questions, or dont you have any answers ?.

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    "V"

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Always negative views! Why? A competent man taking over a long term bussiness which has always been important to GY. Modern facilities, great potential and lots of folk fighting hard in the background to do better for GY. Just moaning about how bad things are only does more harm.

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    Nick

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Well said DT. We need more people shouting down these uninformed, ignorant doom-mongers. The sheer volume of dross they come out with, on such a wide range of topics can only mean they have far too much time on their hands.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Looks like he will bring some good experience to the job. East Port has a great future - whatever the "internet trolls" have to say - it is the reason why Yarmouth's economic future looks assured.

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    Mick Castle

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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