Ilfracombe’s harbourmaster has won an internationally recognised award for services to the port and dredging industry.

Captain Georgina Carlo-Paat received the DPC (Dredging and Port Construction) Magazine Commendation for Services to the Industry award at a ceremony last month.

The award recognised Georgina as an individual who has made a positive impact and contribution to the industry.

Georgina has been in position as Ilfracombe’s harbourmaster for six months and is one of very few women who hold a harbourmaster role in the UK.

She was one of the first of a new wave of women in the UK to become a Class 1 Master Mariner, which means she can sail any ship, of any size, anywhere in the world.

Georgina said: “It was an honour to receive this award and it was a privilege to be able to represent Ilfracombe Harbour at the award ceremony in the company of such internationally acclaimed people.”