Royal Bahamas Defence Force Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright has been appointed acting port controller.
The move comes as the former port controller, Captain Raymond King, has been appointed acting deputy commander of the RBDF, effectively heading the force as Commodore Tellis Bethel has been on vacation leave until January.
Former Deputy Commander Samuel Evans retired earlier this month.
In a release over the weekend, the RBDF said Wright is responsible for all government operated port facilities within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“As port controller, he oversees the inspection and licensing of all commercial vessels less than 500 gross tons, commercial recreational watercrafts, pleasure yachts and private boats,” the RBDF said.
“He is the admiralty marshal and is responsible for aids to navigation. Additionally, his responsibilities include the regulation of all maritime matters in The Bahamas.”
Wright, born on New Providence, joined the RBDF in August of 1990, according to the release.
“His shore assignments include: commanding officer of the Port Security Unit, the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) coordinator, assistant squadron commanding officer, comptroller of Government House, Commando Squadron’s executive officer and operations officer,” the RBDF noted.
“Afloat, Lieutenant Commander Wright has served as commanding officer of HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna, commanding officer of HMBS Inagua, executive officer of HMBS Nassau, executive officer of HMBS San Salvador II and Fort Fincastle, navigating officer on board HMBS Samana and HMBS Yellow Elder. Finally, Lieutenant Commander Wright has an ‘A’ class (500 gross tonnage) captain’s license.”