Rotterdam: Europe's Leading Port
The port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands handles millions of containerloads of freight every year. For forty years after World War II, it was the busiest port in the world, and it continues to be the biggest in Europe. Its massive facilities provide the crucial connection for freight traffic between Europe and Asia. Contributor Mike Zwigjers used a DJI Mavic Pro to create an amazing aerial video of this mammoth harbor in the southern Netherlands, the driver of the economy of the second largest Dutch city.
Antwerp: #2 Port of Europe
Contributor 11ShotsMedia created this drone video of Antwerp, the great Belgian harbor city. Surprising to many, the city is actually Belgium's largest city proper, although in terms of metropolitan area Brussels is larger. Antwerp is located in Flanders (northern Belgium) on the Scheldt River, near the end of its run where it flows into an estuary and thence to the North Sea. The city's massive seaport is one of the busiest in Europe, second only to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Hamburg: Germany's Largest Seaport
Contributor Elb Cut Media used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to shoot this epic aerial video of a containership being pulled by tugboat through the Port of Hamburg. Hamburg is Germany's largest port and one of the keys to its export-driven economy, although it lies not on the seacoast but 110 km (about 70 mi) upstream from the (North Sea) mouth of the Elbe River. The video provides a great perspective on the process of moving massive ships through crowded ports like this one.
Los Angeles: America's Port
Perhaps more than any other major city, Los Angeles owes its existence to the sheer power of human will. It's miraculous enough that a metropolitan area of over 15 million can exist in a region with almost no freshwater resources, but equally amazing is how Greater Los Angeles, with no natural harbor, was able to become home to the USA's largest and second largest ports. In this drone video by mavictraveler, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Port of Los Angeles, sometimes called America's Port.
Drone Views of Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong
Understanding how Hong Kong became a major city starts with its relationship to the sea. Victoria Harbor is the body of water separating Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula, and it is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Contributor Minglam created this spectacular drone video flying over the mist-covered harbor, giving us an aerial look at some of the ship traffic heading in and out of the great city, which is one of the ten busiest ports in the world.
Kobe: Mighty Port of Japan
Kobe is Japan's sixth largest city, a seaport city lying on the north side of Osaka Bay on the southern side of the island of Honshu. Considered part of the greater Osaka area, it is Japan's fourth largest seaport by freight volume. In this video, Styfly Studio uses a DJI Mavic Pro drone to take us on an aerial tour of Kobe. You'll get a bird's eye view of this important (and very old) seaport, whose harbor is dotted with artificial islands to increase the city's useable land area.
Melbourne: Australia's Largest Seaport
Among the other things which distinguish the Australian city of Melbourne is its seaport. The city, which lies at mouth of the Yarra River, was actually not blessed with a great natural harbor like Sydney. In the late 19th century, the river was widened to be able to accommodate larger ships. Now, the port is the country's busiest containership port. In this drone video by Steffshots, you'll get a bird's eye view of a giant containership heading out of the great port to sea.
Long Beach: USA's #2 Port
It would be hard to overstate the importance of international shipping to the economy of Greater Los Angeles. The area is home to not just the USA's largest container port (the Port of Los Angeles) but also its second largest: the Port of Long Beach. In 2017, the two ports on San Pedro Bay together handled about 17 million 20-foot equivalent containers (TEU's), roughly 3x the number handled by their closest competitor. Here is a drone video of the Long Beach port, compliments of mavictraveler.
Sydney's Superb Natural Harbor
Contributor EdDrone used a DJI Mavic Air to treat us to this epic aerial view of Sydney Harbor. Australia's largest city and capital of the New South Wales state, Sydney is blessed with one of the world's finest natural harbors, comparable to Hong Kong's. Watch the video to get a sense of how closely the city's most recognized landmarks - the downtown, the famous Opera House, and the equally famous Harbor Bridge - are tied to its great harbor, the second busiest in Australia after Melbourne.
Veracruz: Mexico's Largest Atlantic Port
The Port of Veracuz lies in the Mexican city of the same name on Gulf of Mexico, just west of the Yucatan Peninsula. It's the third largest port in Mexico as well as the largest on the east side of the country. In 1914, the United States and Mexico fought a mini-war here, during the course of which USA forces fought for and then occupied the city for seven months. Award winning contributor Postandfly used a drone to create an amazing aerial view of this important historical seaport.
Gothenberg: Sweden's Atlantic-Facing Port
Gothenberg is the second largest city in Sweden after Stockholm. A port city, it faces the northern tip of Denmark, beyond which lies the North Sea. It hosts many festivals, including the annual Gothenberg Film Festival, the largest such event in Scandinavia. Droneflix used a Phantom 4 Pro drone to create this mesmerizing portrait of the city from an aerial perspective. Most of the footage is of the city's port, Sweden's primary port for trans-Atlantic trade and its largest by gross tonnage.
Newcastle: World's Largest Coal Port
Newcastle, Australis is home to one of the world's largest dry bulk ports. Located in the state of New South Wales, Newcastle is the primary export port for Australia's vast coal trade. While Australia is the world's fourth largest coal producer, it's the largest coal exporter, and Newcastle is the world's largest coal export port. In this video, contributor thescience of travel gives us a bird's eye view of the great harbor as well as the railroads which feed it millions of tons of product from mines in the interior.
Cartagena: Port of the Spanish Empire
WorldMoments created this stunning video of the great Colombian city of Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea. Founded in the 16th century, it was once the most important port in the mighty Spanish Empire. While it's still an important seaport city, it now also draws a large tourism business, attracting travelers with its Miami-like feel but with almost 500 years of history as well. The video features amazing views of Bocagrande, Castillo de San Felipe, Manga, the Centro Historico, and more.
Baltimore: East Coast Bulk Cargo Port
Baltimore, Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic USA has deep roots as a port city. While the city's Inner Harbor area has been converted to other uses (in part because it was not deep enough to handle large containerships), the port still remains one of the top 20 in the country, and it is the largest dry bulk port on the East Coast. In this drone video, top contributor Jeff Walrich gives us an epic aerial view of the Sugar Shack, the country's largest terminal for receiving sugar.
Fortaleza: Brazil's Sugar Port
Fortaleza is one of the oldest settlements in Brazil; it was actually "discovered" by the Spaniards but was not recognized as a Spanish discovery under the 1494 treaty that effectively divided the non-European world between Spain and Portugal. Today it is one of the most important cities in Northeastern Brazil. Its modest-sized port is Brazil's primary sugar export port and is increasingly being used as a cruise ship port of call, as you'll see in this drone video by DCIMagens.
Volos: Port of Northern Greece
Icarus Aerial Filming created this captivating drone's eye view of Volos, an important Greek seaport. It is in the Thessaly region, in the center of the eastern coast of the Greek mainland. While the area has been inhabited for millenia and mentioned in numerous ancient texts, the modern port only dates to the late 19th century. The video provides a nicely captioned view of some of the different vessels which are loading and unloading their cargoes at the port facilities.
Constanța: #1 Black Sea Port
For centuries, the Black Sea was the world's most important body of water for shipping. While that is no longer the case, it remains very significant, and is the only water path to the open ocean (via the Bosphorus Strait and then the Mediterranean) for four different countries. The largest port on the great sea is Constanta, in Romania's Dobrogea region. In this video, Claboo Media gives us a drone's eye view of this extremely modern seaport, part of a city which dates to 600 BC.
Durban: South Africa's Largest Port
Ryanzooms used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial of Durban, South Africa's third city and the largest in its eastern portion. It sits on the Indian Ocean coastline, and is the principal city (although not the capital) of the KwaZulu-Natal province. In addition to being home to some very well known surfing beaches, it is home to the country's largest port. At the end of the video, you'll get a nice view of the seaport and its fine natural harbor, known officially as the Port of Natal.
Port Adelaide: Exporting Australia's Grain
Somewhat confusingly, Port Adelaide is actually not part of the city of Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. Port Adelaide was built to serve as the port for the city, which actually sits a few km/mi inland from the Gulf of St. Vincent. Built on what were originally mangrove swamps, the port is one of the largest in Australia by freight volume and key to the country's agricultural exports. In this video, Eye Fly Drones captures this important seaport from a bird's eye perspective.
Montevideo: Port on the Rio de la Plata
The city of Montevideo in Uruguay arose where it did because of its potential as a harbor. It's situated on Montevideo Bay, a protected area of the Rio de la Plata. The city's port is one of two major seaports on the great estuary, the other being Buenos Aires on its far side. The port is one of the major components of the economy of Uruguay's capital city, which is home to one in three Uruguayans. In this video, you'll get a drone's eye view of the great harbor, compliments of Drone 5.
Treiste: Largest Port on the Adriatic
Trieste is one of the largest cities in northeastern Italy and the capital of the automous Friuli–Venezia Giulia region. Trieste is the easternmost city in Italy, lying just a few km from Slovenia to its east and also from Croatia to its south. Situated at the north end of the Adriatic Sea, it's also the largest port on that body of water and it's Italy's #2 port by cargo tonnage after Genoa. For hundreds of years, Treiste served as the major port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; control shifted to Italy after World War I.
Portsmouth: Historic English Port
Portsmouth is in Hampshire, England. Portsmouth and Southhampton, also in Hampshire, are the two main ports in the South of England. For centuries, Portsmouth has been one of the most important bases for the Royal Navy, which once ruled the seas. Contributor JW Media used a drone to create a remarkable aerial perspective of this historically important port, which served as one of the main embarkation points for the Allied D-Day landings in World War II.
New Orleans: America's Mississippi Port
Contributor @WesTheDroneMan created this fascinating drone video of the Port of New Orleans. Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, it's one of the busiest ports in the world. It handles both containers and bulk cargo, and is one of the ten busiest ports in the United States by tonnage. It handles several different types of ships, including barges (which move goods up and down the Mississippi) and ocean-going containerships and bulk cargo ships.
Liverpool: Port of the Industrial Revolution
Marco Don created this drone video of Liverpool, the great port city in Northern England. Located in the Mersey River estuary a bit to the southwest of Manchester, Liverpool played a key role in Britain's (and the world's) Industrial Revolution as the primary port by which cotton from the United States reached England's textile mills. At the zenith of its arc, Liverpool was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. More recently, Liverpool gave birth to a pop music sensation known as the Beatles.
Riga Freeport: Baltic Seaport
Reinis Vilnis used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 Zoom to create this aerial tour of Riga Freeport, an important port on the Baltic Sea. The capital and largest city of Latvia, Riga was one of the original Hanseatic League cities which dominated trade in Northern Europe for centuries. It continues to serve an important transport function. The largest by far of several ports in Riga, the Freeport primarily handles cargo (bulk and container) headed in and out of Russia and the other former Soviet Union states.
Seattle/Tacoma: USA's #4 Container Port
Here is an amazing aerial view of a large ship being towed into one of the USA's busiest ports. The vessel is a containership operated by Evergreen Marine, a large Taiwanese shipping company which operates about 150 of these behemoths. The ship is being towed into the Port of Tacoma, which lies south of Seattle on Washington's Puget Sound. The ports of Tacoma and Seattle merged their operations in 2015 to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which is now the USA's #4 container port.
Duluth: Port for America's Steel Industry
The port of Duluth, Minnesota sits on a corner of Lake Superior, the queen of the Great Lakes and indeed the world's largest lake. By serving as the primary port for shipment of iron ore mined from the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Duluth has been critical to the USA's steel industry for over a century. It's also a major port for handing bulk agricultural products. This episode of Droning America will give you a bird's eye view of this remarkable Great Lakes port city.