Liege as a port plays host to hundreds of companies of all shapes and sizes.
As a result of ongoing cooperation between the private and public sectors, the Liege Port Authority is an effective value-adding tool for promoting new ideas.
A state-owned corporation established pursuant to the Law of 21 June 1937, amended by the Law of 10 January 1969, the Liege Port Authority is responsible for managing 31 ports along the river Meuse and the Albert Canal. Its main tasks are:
- carrying out all infrastructural extension and improvement projects (levelling, sewers, drains, street and industrial lighting, driving power, road and rail connections, water, telephone, etc.) required for the economic viability of the sites;
- granting concessions and permits to third parties;
- collecting user fees primarily so as to cover the operating costs (wages, port maintenance, ...) and help pay for infrastructure operations along with the support of the MIT (Walloon Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) ;
- fitting out ports and regulating their use (halls for storage / handling, cranes, cargo hoists, on-land equipment, etc.);
- regulating the movement and berthing of vessels in state-owned ports.
- maintaining, at its own expense, all port structures;
- collecting all the proceeds of the operation and management of the ports, in particular: the proceeds of renting out movable and immovable property, collecting tolls, fees, wharfage charges, the proceeds of renting out sites and equipment, hangars, generally speaking any proceeds from using structures covered by its jurisdiction;
- any other operations that might be assigned to the Liege Port Authority pursuant to royal decrees and decrees of the Walloon Government.
In its capacity as a private company, the Liege Port Authority is responsible for its income and expenditure.
It enjoys a high degree of independence in taking any decisions it thinks are valid for its sustainable management.