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Who runs a port?

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Ports in Australia can be managed by either the State government or by a public or private company. It might be called an authority, corporation, company etc. The management organisation is the responsibility of this organisation to make sure the port runs smoothly.

They make the regulations (rules) that the ships and other organisations using the port must follow.Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Through the Harbour Master they control the movement of ships in and out of the port and make sure that ships remain safe.
  • They collect the fees and charges from those who use the port.
  • They make sure that all matters that involve safety and protecting the environment are being looked after. They try to prevent problems but have in place ways to reduce the damage if a problem should occur. 

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