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Mark Sansom
CEO at Falmouth Harbour Commissioners


Captain Mark Sansom has been the Chief Executive and Harbour Master of the port of Falmouth (UK) since 2000. He is a qualified master mariner having had a sea career with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary followed by 3 years working for the Sultan of Oman’s Royal Yacht Squadron.  He also worked as a salvage and mooring officer for the UK Ministry of Defence prior to coming to Falmouth as Deputy Harbour Master in 1992.

Mark was promoted to Chief Executive and Harbour Master in 2000 and immediately managed an ambitious programme of change which included a major reform of governance as well as the management of marine safety following the introduction of the Port Marine Safety Code.  He has also overseen the reform of local pilotage arrangements to make them more effective and accountable.

Due to the strategic location of Falmouth, Mark has gained considerable experience in the field of receiving marine casualties into ports.  He was the BPA representative on the working group for revising the National Contingency Plan on the last 2 occasions. 

Mark is a member of the British Ports Association Council and has previously been on the Council of the UK Harbour Master’s Association as well as the Board of the European Harbour Master’s Congress.

Mark lives in Falmouth with his wife Kim.  They have two grown up daughters who are regular returners to Cornwall.  In his spare time Mark enjoys tennis and can still be sighted occasionally surfing the waves on the fabulous Cornish beaches.

Agenda Sessions

  • Case study: salvage of the 'Kuzma Minin'