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A port is a location on a coast or shore conteenin ane or mair herbours whaur ships can dock an transfer fowk or cargo tae or frae laund. Port locations are selectit tae optimise access tae laund an navigable watter, for commercial demand, an for shelter frae wind an waves. Ports wi deeper watter are rarer, but can haundle lairger, mair economical ships. Syne ports throuoot history haundelt ivery kynd o traffec, support an storage facilities vary widely, mey extend for miles, an dominate the local economy. Some ports hae a important militar role.