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Governance Options Review, Port of Sunderland

Governance Options Review, Port of Sunderland

Sunderland City Council commissioned Fisher Associates to undertake a fresh review of the Port following a protracted period of unresolved negotiations with a potential private sector partner, and in the light of the Municipal Ports Review (MPR). (2009)

The review assessed six fundamental options for the governance of the Port:

  • Do nothing
  • Municipal Ports Best Practice
  • Incorporation
  • Trust Port
  • Concession
  • Sale

To assess the appropriateness of each option, we developed a number of criteria against which these were evaluated. The criteria were:

  • Maximise the port’s potential contribution to regeneration and employment
  • Identify and implement financial improvement
  • Respond better to the market place
  • Make independent decisions
  • The ability to make a difference in the near term (within 12 months)
  • Minimise the cost of and risk to implementation

The Review concluded that the best course of action for the short term was to implement Municipal Ports best practice.

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