Detail of outcome
Following this consultation, the Department for Transport has now published new good governance guidance for ports.
Detail of feedback received
Eighteen consultation responses were received by the Department for Transport. These ranged across trade organisations (1), ports (10), local authorities (2), industry (2), and members of the public (3).
This draft guidance sets out key principles of openness, accountability and fitness for purpose in managing harbours in the broad public interest.
It is in 3 main parts:
- guidance to all statutory harbour authorities (SHAs)
- guidance specifically directed at trust ports
- guidance specifically for local authority (LA) owned ports
The draft guidance recognises the particular circumstances of those ports and covers corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, provision of information, safety and a number of other topics.
This draft guidance builds on previous governance guidance to trust ports and to local authority owned ports. Its intention is both to provide guidance and also to signpost SHAs to other more detailed sources of guidance.