Robert officially retired at the end of July, but has kindly offered to return for a couple of guest appearances a month to assist Greg and Glen in the office. Thank you Robert!
Robert started working for Commodore and Condor Ferries Ltd in 1965 as a Part Time Office Junior, and was made Permanent in 1966.
In 1971 he joined Huelin Renouf as a shipping agent. HR acted as shipping agents for Channel Shipping, a weekly cargo service from Liverpool, a 2 weekly service from Rotterdam and a daily passenger service from Granville during the summer. They also acted as agents for most bulk services and also for vessels visiting the Ronez quarry jetty on the North Jersey coast.
Eventually, Channel Shipping and Huelin Renouf merged to become Huelin Renouf Shipping.
Between 1978-1981 Robert transferred to the airport to set up and manage Huelin Renouf Airfreight.
In 1986 Robert left Huelin Renouf, with his still friend George Le Morne, to start St Helier Port Services. The Managing Director being the late famous Jerseyman Senator Dick Shenton. This company handled stevedoring services for Sealink, ship management services for Carris Broker Shipping and took all the bulk shipping work from Huelin Renouf Shipping.
St Helier Port Services was eventually taken over by Troys Stevedores in 1991, where Robert took on the role of Trainee Accountant, (on top of his other duties)
Robert was promoted to Managing Director of Troys Stevedores in 2006, which included being the Company Secretary. He stayed until their closure in 2010, at which point he was re-employed, and indeed completed his fabulous career, as Office Manager with us at Solent Stevedores (Jersey) Ltd.