Port authority

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In Canada and the United States a port authority (less commonly a port district) is a governmental or quasi-governmental public authority for a special-purpose district usually formed by a legislative body (or bodies) to operate ports and other transportation infrastructure.

Port authorities are usually governed by boards or commissions, which are commonly appointed by governmental chief executives, often from different jurisdictions.[1] For example, in Canada the federal Minister of Transport selects one board member, the local chief executive one, and the rest of the board are at the recommendation of port users to the federal Minister. In Canada all port authorities have a federal or Crown charter called Letters Patent.

Most port authorities are financially self-supporting. In addition to owning land, setting fees, and sometimes levying taxes, port districts can also operate shipping terminals, airports, railroads, and irrigation facilities.

In Mexico the federal government created sixteen port administrations in 1994–1995 called Administración Portuaria Integral (API) in Spanish, as result of the Ley de Puertos of 1993. These are organized as variable capital corporations (Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable or S.A. de C.V.), with the intent of creating more private investment in a state owned sector.

Numerous Caribbean nations also have port authorities, including those of Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.[2]

Central and South America also have port agencies such as autoridad and consorcio (authority and consortium).[citation needed]

Port authorities and districts[edit]

The distinction between inland and being marine is occasionally open to discussion. No distinction is made here between river and Great Lakes ports.

Canada[edit]

The Minister of Transport is ultimately responsible for her patronage of Canadian port authorities, a useful map of which is electronically available at Transport Canada.[3]

Port authorities[edit]

With date of Letters Patent.

Atlantic

  • Belledune, 29 March 2000
  • Halifax, 1 March 1999
  • Saint John, 1 May 1999
  • Sept-Îles, 1 May 1999
  • St. John's, NL, 1 May 1999

Great Lakes

Pacific

St. Lawrence Seaway

Other agencies[edit]

Former agency[edit]

United States[edit]

Charter date in parenthesis.

Atlantic

Gulf of Mexico

Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway

  • Albany Port District Commission (1925)
  • Brown County Board of Harbor Commissioners, Green Bay, WI (1965)
  • Port of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (1978)
  • Duluth Seaway Port Authority, MN (1929)
  • Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority (1962)
  • Illinois International Port District, Chicago (1955)
  • Indiana Port Commission (1961)
  • Lorain Port Authority, OH (1964)
  • Port of Milwaukee
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo (1967)
  • Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, NY
  • Port of Pittsburgh Commission, Pittsburgh, PA (1992)
  • Port of Oswego Authority, NY (1955)
  • Port of Stockton (1932)
  • Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (1955)
  • Waukegan Port District (1955)

Pacific

Inland Rivers

Mexico[edit]

Listed from northwest to southeast. API is Administración Portuaria Integral.

Pacific

Gulf of Mexico

  • API de Altamira[22]
  • API de Tampico[23]
  • API de Túxpan[24]
  • API de Veracruz[25]
  • API de Coatzacoalcos[26]
  • API de Campeche[27]
  • API de Dos Bocas[28]
  • API de Progreso[29]
  • API de Quintana Roo[30]

Caribbean[edit]

Central America[edit]

  • Autoridad Marítima de Panamá[31]
  • Comisión Portuaria Nacional, Guatemala[32]
  • Dirección General de Puertos Empresa Nacional Portuaria, Honduras[33]
  • JAPDEVA – Atlantic Port Authority, Costa Rica[34]

Middle East[edit]

Asia Pacific[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom operators of ports and harbours become de facto Port Authorities under several pieces of legislation. Examples include the:-

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Transport Canada: "Map Indicating Port Authorities Across Canada"
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