Derives from High Seas, a detailed GIS compilation of world wide ports that is in the public domain.
Loosely based on the work of Craig. Combing with several other datasets and original research.
WARNING: These values are still in flux.
Ordered best to worst
- Land office – For marinas and cargo ports.
- Crane – If more than one, the central one. For cargo ports.
- Dock – The area of water between two piers or alongside a pier that receives a ship for loading, unloading, or repairs.
- Pier – Has a ‘dock’ on either side. Usually a few in a row.
- Quay – A wharf or reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded.
- Wharf – A landing place or pier where ships may tie up and load or unload. Usually singular.
- Marina – Place for recreational ships to tie up.
- Port – A place on a waterway with facilities for loading and unloading ships.
- Harbor – (Harbour) A sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships.
- Anchorage – A harbour with no facilities.
Approximate – Could be up to 20 miles away from the actual port location.
More often it’s within a mile of the actual location. Accuracy is low due to geocoding
based on town name, use of DD.DD° or DD.DDDD° format instead of DD.DDDDDD° for latitude
and longitude values.
- City – Purely “there’s a port in City A, so the port XY gets the longLat of City A, often putting it on land instead of water.
- Jetty – 1. A structure, such as a pier, that projects into a body of water to influence the current or tide or to protect a harbor or shoreline from storms or erosion. 2. a wharf
Note: some above from Yahoo! Answers and American Heritage Dictionary
- harbor (aka harbour or haven) – is a place where ships, boats, and barges can seek shelter through stormy weather, or else are stored for future use. Harbors can be natural or artificial.
- port – A port is a facility for loading and unloading vessels; ports are usually located in harbors.
- anchorage – where a boat or other vessel lies at anchor
- cargo port (bulk, break bulk, container)
- cruise terminal: cruise home port, cruise port of call
- fishing port
- dry port – storing ships on land
- seaport – on the sea (blue water)
- inland – on a river or large inland body of water (brown water)
- warm water – ice-free year round port in an otherwise winter sea-ice zone
- Natural – can still include later enhancements.
- Artificial –
(below) North America.