It is with great sadness that we must report that Commander Rupert Best, Board Director at Portland Port, passed away last Wednesday. Rupert commanded the nuclear submarine HMS COURAGEOUS during the Falklands War. Following his retirement he was instrumental in persuading Langham Industries to buy the port from the MOD in 1996 after the Royal Navy had departed. Rupert joined the port’s board when the sale was completed and has worked tirelessly to help it develop and grow over the past 25 years.
Rupert was a keen and successful cider apple grower and was an energetic promoter of all things Dorset. He served on many regional bodies as a very active member and was a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset. He was a much liked and well respected member of the local community as well as within Royal Navy circles and will be much missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.
Admin: 8th Feb 2021 14:16:00
The multi-million-pound tug entered service earlier this year shortly after the passing of Commander Best. However, Covid restrictions forced any naming ceremony to be postponed until it was safe to hold. The new asset joins Portland Port’s existing tugs, the Maiden Castle and Rufus Castle, all playing pivotal roles in enhancing the port’s towage capability.
Admin: 30th Sep 2021 14:08:00