Chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board
Even though he now works on dry land Colin Parker still retains the love for the sea he had during the years he spent in the Merchant Navy.
But the lure of spending more time with his family meant leaving the mariner lifestyle behind.
Still as chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board he can put his experience on the waves to good use.
He said: "There wasn't really an obvious drive to become involved in the maritime sector. None of my family had been, but I grew up near the sea and it was just something I always wanted to do.
"I enjoyed the variety that came with being in the Merchant Navy; it gave me the chance to see the world, from Japan to Australia and Argentina. But once you have a family, the idea of being away loses its appeal."
Initially he joined the Harbour in 1987 as navigation control officer becoming assistant harbour master three years later.
In 2003 he was made operations director then was appointed chief executive in May 2006.
The port now handles cargo worth more than £1.5 billion every year.
Parker said: "Aberdeen Harbour is a thriving port and as such, it is an interesting and varied business in which to be involved.
"We administer the port, we're landlords, owning a wide variety of property, and we're guardians, ensuring vessels arrive and depart safely.
"My job is to make sure that we hand Aberdeen Harbour to the next generation in even better condition that it is now."
Outside the day job Parker is also a board member at Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, sits on the north east committee of SCDI and is vice chairman of the British Ports Association.
Any time left over is spent playing golf, taking photographs and spending time with his three children and two grandsons.