Chapter 1

History of Ports: The Ten Aims of a Port

The maritime movement of goods and people has always been the cheapest and most convenient form of transportation, and for that reason the world has built ports since at least 6,000 BC. The advancements made to ports over their historical development reveal their major functions and what drives port business. Below are the highlights of ancient port development: a brief history of the moments and motivations that led us to the harbors of today. In all, there are ten objectives that ports could be designed to accomplish. They will be introduced as we proceed through the chapter.

It is more than fifty years ago that Fritz Voigt published his famous textbook about transport science theory and global ...

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