This Act establishes the Port Authority for Montserrat and defines its functions and powers. The Act also makes provision with respect to compulsory acquisition of land by the Authority and defines certain rules applying to port operations and navigation in ports. Some provisions concern the storage of perishable goods. The Governor may with the advice of the Authority, make Regulations generally for the conveyance, loading, discharging and storage of dangerous goods within the limits of a port.
Implemented by: Port Authority Regulations (Cap. 7.09) (2002-01-01)
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English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995.