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About this Outport

The Bristol Channel Outport was formed in Cardiff on the 28th August 1964, since then meetings have been held at least annually. In the last two decades with the close of Bristol and Cardiff Nautical colleges and the reduction of shipping into South Wales ports the meetings have become more social functions increasing to four per year.

Our area covers South and West Wales and adjoining English counties including Bristol, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. We are currently centered in the Cardiff area but hope to branch out to other areas within the Outport boundaries to make our events accessible to all members who wish to attend. 

The Outport tries to maintain per person charges to an affordable rate with Junior Associates and Apprentices still serving as Cadets free of charge. We do not normally invite local dignitaries so as to avoid prohibitive costs. Normal attendance at functions is around the mid thirties.

We have a strong membership of all designations from Apprentices through to Livery.  There are also some 20 regular paying guests and widows from the maritime community. 

Captain Rod McDonald MNM

Outport Honorary Chairman for Bristol Channel

50-year career in the shipping industry including some 38 years at sea. Started as a Newport Pilot apprentice then sailing deep sea in general cargo ships, bulk carriers and multi-purpose vessels including 12 years as Master.

Came ashore as operations manager followed by employment as Fleet Inspector in coastal tankers and 2 rears at the UK Hydrographic Office as a Sailing Directions Editor. Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and Chairman of the Bristol Channel Outport.

Vice chair of the management committee of Newport Sea Cadets. Awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2011. Elected Fellow of The Nautical Institute in 2012. Joined the board of Newport Harbour Commission in 2014.

Outport Honorary Secretary for Bristol Channel

Outport Honorary Secretary for Bristol Channel

I joined the HCMM as an apprentice back in 2016. Since then I have taken on the role of the Bristol Channel Honorary Secretary. I hope to progress to Freeman by the end of this year. With my work pattern I aim to get to London as often as possible.

I started my career as a cadet with Anglo Eastern onboard PIL container ships. I qualified as an OOW in 2017. Following qualifying I started working on a temporary basis with Svitzer before I was offered a full time position in 2018. Since then I have gained my Chief Mates CoC. After gaining this I was able to use this to progress to trainee master and then Master with Svitzer onboard their tugs. I work predominantly in the port of Milford Haven.

If you wish to contact me in my role as Bristol Channel Honorary Secretary please contact me.

Email: bristolchannel@hcmm.org.uk

Phone: +447508021592

To get in touch with the Outport, please email the Honorary Secretary. 

Social Events

Our functions for 2023 will be; St David’s Day lunch which will be held as close to the 1st of March as possible, the summer visit in May, the Late Summer Buffet in September and the Christmas lunch in December. We are also looking at introducing a new event based around college term times to encourage apprentices and associates serving as cadets the opportunity to attend Outport events. 

Our summer visits over the years have taken in the Hydrographic Dept. Taunton, Milford Haven LNG Terminal and Port Control, Swansea Trinity House depot and their Nav.aids ship ‘Patricia’, Tenby Lifeboat, Pembroke Sunderland Museum, SS Great Britain Bristol, Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal Cruise, Port of Bristol Authority covering Avonmouth & Portbury docks and most recently the Nells Point National Coastwatch station in Barry.