Belfast Harbour sale: No difference to operations, says senior official
Any future sale of Belfast Harbour will make no significant difference to its operations, a senior executive at the facility has said.
The Northern Ireland Executive is exploring options on the future of the harbour.
It is run by publicly-appointed commissioners.
The harbour's commercial director, Joe O'Neill, told the BBC's Inside Business programme that its thriving trade was set to continue.
As well as port activities, the harbour controls a huge land bank on both sides of Belfast Lough.
Mr O'Neill said: "We run the business very much in a private sector mode today.
"We are incredibly robust in terms of our commercial approach, our commercial policies and our financial policies.
"At that trading level, I don't believe there would be a substantial difference to the business in how we perform it on a day and daily basis."
"On today's trading performance, we think the model today works very well and has worked very well," he added.
In February, it was announced that a panel would be set up to advise on the way forward.
Under legislation, the Stormont executive could get as much as £400m from a 50% split of the proceeds.
Inside Business with Wendy Austin airs on BBC Radio Ulster on Sundays at 13:30 BST