A ship docked at Rhizhao seaport. Image credit MediaWiki

A ship docked at Rhizhao seaport. Image credit MediaWiki

ZIMSEC O Level Commerce Notes: Transport: Functions of a Seaport authority

Functions of a Sea-Port Authority

  • Ensure that seaports are accessible from the inland by both road and rail.
  • Ensures efficient handling of both imports and exports
  • Maintains approaches to a port by both dredging and buoys.
  • Maintains the general state of efficiency at a seaport.
  • Charges and collects dock, harbour, port dues and wharfage.
  • Licences pilots
  • Provides
  • Warehouses
  • Storage facilities
  • Refueling facilities for ships
  • Loading and unloading facilities for example cranes, fork lifts and quays.
  • Provide dock labour force e.g. stevedores.
  • Pilots to assist in stirring ships to the harbour.
  • Offices for customs authorities.
  • Ship repair yards e.g. dry docks.
  • Supplies fresh water and food.
  • Quarantine of animals to maintain public health.
  • Docks
  • Accommodation

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