Defining the Seaport

Defining the Seaport

The following geographical elements help define a seaport:

  • Location. The relative position of the port in relation to other ports serviced through shipping networks and through its hinterland.
  • Site. The physical characteristics of the port, such as its nautical profile (depth, access channel) and the land available for port activities, particularly for terminals.

The following functional elements help define a seaport:

  • Logistics node. The added value performed by the port’s transportation function, including handling, consolidation, and deconsolidation.
  • Industrial node. Activities depending on the port as a platform to supply inputs such as raw materials and distribute outputs such as parts and finished goods.