Good governance guidance for ports

Good governance guidance for statutory harbour authorities operating ports in England and Wales.


Ports good governance guidance

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This guidance sets out 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 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 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.

Published 5 March 2018