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The origins of United Docks Ltd go back to the eighteen seventies when Albion Docks Co Ltd and New Mauritius Docks Ltd were set up in 1874 and 1876 respectively

Albion Docks Co Ltd and New Mauritius Docks Co. Ltd were strategic players in the sugar and maritime industries, having been involved in the storage and loading of sugar and general cargo in the harbour of Port Louis. Mauritius being primarily a monocrop economy dependent, on sugarcane in the early 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, the docks were necessarily of strategic importance and the linchpin for economic development.

United Docks

In 1973, there was a merger between Albion Docks Co Ltd and New Mauritius Docks Co. Ltd, resulting in the creation of Societe United Docks Ltd.

The docks played a pivotal role in the sugar and maritime industries up to the early 1980’s when the Bulk Sugar Terminal and the Cargo Handling Corporation came into operation in the years 1980 and 1983 respectively. The activities of loading and unloading of sugar were shifted to the Bulk Sugar Terminal while those related to loading and unloading of general cargo were shifted to the Cargo Handling Corporation.

United Docks Ltd was incorporated on the 1st October 1991, taking over all the assets of the Societe United Docks. United Docks Ltd has since been listed on the official market of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.