Forth Ports PLC owns and operates the Port of Leith and eleven other ports, including four other ports on the Firth of Forth. Forth Ports operates and manages some 725 square kilometers of navigable waters in and around the Firths of Tay and Forth. Forth Ports is Scotland's second largest port group and the largest ports company on the London Stock Exchange.
The Port of Leith is the biggest enclosed deep-water port in Scotland. It can accommodate vessels up to 50 thousand DWT. Offering complete stevedoring and cargo-handling services, the Port of Leith has ample cargo-handling equipment, storage area, and connections with rail and road networks.
The Port of Leith's grain-handling facilities are located at the Imperial Dock and at the Western Harbour's Chancelot Mills. The deep-water lock was constructed on the other side of the harbor entrance in 1968.
Port of Leith development in the 1990s included the construction of the Scottish Executive building at Victoria Quay as well as high-quality residential, leisure, and retail facilities. The Ocean Terminal, which contains the Royal Yacht Britannia's permanent berth, was also opened in the 1990s.
Even though it has been part of Edinburgh since 1920, the Port of Leith retains a separate and unique identity. The parliamentary seat is called "Edinburgh North and Leith," testifying to the city's separate history and identity. When the Port of Leith was revitalized, the city of Edinburgh benefitted by gaining business from several cruise companies that operate routes to Sweden, Norway, Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands.