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Privatization of the Port of Harlingen

Port of Harlingen

Although the municipal port of Harlingen is relatively small, it is home to a wide range of activities including shipbuilding, bulk and container, fishing, recreation, and port-related industry (production of cement and salt). In order to create more jobs and provide economic benefits, the city has opted for a privatization process of the port. Before the process can start, however, the city wants to know that privatization will lead to better management of the port and an increase in its performance. In the past, the port focused on selling port areas, which complicates the port authority's secondary task of land operator. In addition, the scale of the port and its location limited its abilities to function as a logistics port. The privatization process includes includes the preparation of Articles of Association and a service contract to arrange the Port-City relationship and service delivery after the unbundling. This requires consent of the tax authorities, the auditor and the city council. Stig delivers an overall solution, including process management, market research, preparation of the business case and a development program, as well as facilitating management decision-making by establishing decision-making documentation and presenting proposals to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the city council.