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EXPERTS WILL KEEP PORTS IN CALM WATER

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Ports owned by councils should be run by new committees that include external experts, shipping minister Stephen La...
Ports owned by councils should be run by new committees that include external experts, shipping minister Stephen Ladyman has said.

He spoke following a government review of the 65 municipal ports, which handle 14% of cargo in England and Wales.

Mr Ladyman cited Cumbria CC's Workington and Canterbury City Council's Whitstable as examples where better governance of ports had paid off.

The review found that the introduction of the cabinet system in 2000 had left many ports as the responsibility of only a small committee.

'This has led to concerns about the capacity and capability of harbour management [and] insufficient stakeholder involvement,' the review says.

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