U.S. PORTS: EVOLUTION AND STRUCTURE

Ports in the United States (U.S.) are facing competitive pressures similar to international by ports. Generally, U.S. ports function as "business-like" organizations, which stems from their evolution from being primarily private railroad ports in the 19th century to public competitive port authorities in the 20th century. This paper offers an overview of the evolution of U.S. ports and the impact of earlier legislation, the varied resulting institutional structures, and current national and regional level issues. No national ports plan or strategy exists in the United States; however, the federal government does provide dredging services through the Army Corps of Engineers, navigation aids via the Coast Guard, and other minor port-related services. Ports generally come under the jurisdiction of state or local governments. Increasing competition coupled with other port issues is forcing some U.S. ports to develop strategic alliances with others at a regional level.

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    Taylor & Francis

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  • Authors:
    • IRCHA, M C
  • Publication Date: 1995-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00714636
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1995 12:00AM