This report is the diplomatic study on the subject “Management of Commercial Ports”, which was written during the postgraduate program “Construction management” of the department of Civil Engineers, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.New conditions that emanate from the globalisation of trade, affected also in port industry. The ports are critical nodes in the world chain of transports, so the competition in the market of port industry have been increased and at the same time requirements on port services were also increased. So, port management concerns mainly, the attendance of private sector in the operation of port. Objective of study is to give essential information on the methods which are applied in these cases.In this study, initially are presented general issues that concern ports, like their history, their characteristics and the general tendency that prevails for their role in the World but also National economy and Trade. There are contained various methods of privatisations with description and their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages are presented. Also in this study statistical data regarding indexes of port performance before and after privatisation are presented. Same data of ports of Thessaloniki and Piraeus are presented and they show their performance and their status regarding the other ports of Mediterranean see. Finally conclusions and proposals concerning port management and privatization are presented in the last chapter of this study.
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