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Who Owns The Port


Private enterprise

Who owns the port has an affect on how it develops. Broadly, there are five types of owner. During their history, many ports have been run by several different types.

Many ports were originally the result of private enterprise. A person or company invested money to build quays and later docks, hoping to get a return on their investment. A few ports have an unbroken history of such ownership. For instance, the Manchester Ship Canal Company built the port of Manchester in the 1890s, and still owns it, although its terminal docks have largely been redeveloped.

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