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Rotterdam: Europe's Leading Port

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The Mighty Port of Rotterdam by Drone

Mikezwijgers

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

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Droning the Harbor of Antwerp, Belgium

11 Shots Media

Contributor and pilot 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

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Containership in the Port of Hamburg: Phantom 4 Pro

Elb Cut Media

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 bird's eye perspective on the complex process of safely moving massive ships through crowded ports like this one.  

Hong Kong's Container Terminal

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Hong Kong Container Terminal

caldina3188

Take an aerial tour of one of the world's largest containerized shipping ports, compliments of caldina3188.  It's Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, which lies along the Rambler Channel in the New Territories neighborhood of Kwai Chung.  Built on reclaimed land the facility opened in 1972 as the Port of Hong Kong's answer to the containerization revolution.  In 2018, the port handled nearly 20 million 20 foot equivalent containers ("TEU"'), putting it at the #7 spot in the worldwide containerport rankings that year.  

Los Angeles: America's Port

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San Pedro: The Port of Los Angeles

mavictraveler

Perhaps more than any other major city, Los Angeles owes its existence to the power of human will.  It's miraculous enough that a giant metropolis can exist in a region with almost no freshwater resources, and then there is this: Greater Los Angeles, with no natural harbor, was able to become home to the USA's two busiest seaports: the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  In this drone video by  contributor mavictraveler, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Port of Los Angeles, also known as America's Port. 

Kobe: Mighty Port of Japan

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Kobe Harbour with Mavic Pro

Styfly I STUDIO

Japan's sixth largest city, Kobe is a seaport town lying on the north side of Osaka Bay on the southern side of the island of Honshu.  Considered part of the greater Osaka area, Kobe is Japan's fourth largest seaport as measured by freight volume.  In this video, contributor 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.

Long Beach: USA's #2 Port

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The Port of Long Beach, California

mavictraveler

It would be hard to overstate the importance of international trade to the economy of Greater Los Angeles.  The area is home to the USA's largest container port (the Port of Los Angeles) as well as its second largest: the Port of Long Beach.   In 2017, the two ports on San Pedro Bay (directly south of downtown Los Angeles) together handled about 17 million 20-foot equivalent containers (TEU's), roughly 3x the figure for their closest competitor.  Here is a drone video of the Long Beach port, compliments of mavictraveler.  

Constanța: #1 Black Sea Port

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Drone Video of the Port of Constanta, Romania

ClabooMedia

For centuries, the Black Sea was the world's most important body of water for shipping.   While that is no longer the case, the great inland sea 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.

Newcastle: World's Largest Coal Port

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Industry of Newcastle

thescienceoftravel

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.   

New Orleans: America's Mississippi Port

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Port Of New Orleans Cranes

@WesTheDroneMan

Contributor @WesTheDroneMan created this fascinating drone video of the Port of New Orleans in the Southeastern USA.  Situated near the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans is home to 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.  

Melbourne: Australia's Largest Seaport

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Containership Passing Under Westgate Bridge Near Melbourne

littleviking

Among the other things which distinguish the Australian city of Melbourne is its seaport.  The city, which lies at mouth of the Yarra River in the southeastern state of Victoria, 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.

Cartagena: Port of the Spanish Empire

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Colombia - The Best of Cartagena

worldmoments

Contributor and pilot 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.

The Port of Houston, Texas

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Barbours Cut Terminal at Morgan's Point, Texas

Lone Star Drones

Lone Star Drones created this nice aerial view of one of the largest port facilities in the USA.  It's the Barbours Cut Terminal at Morgan's Point, in the eastern reaches of Houston.  The facility is part of the Port of Houston, which runs for many km/mi along the Buffalo Bayou, Galveston Bay, and the Houston Ship Channel. It's the second-busiest port in the United States by freight tonnage.  Opened in 1977, Barbours Cut is the largest single terminal at the port and the first to handle containerized cargo.

Fortaleza: Brazil's Sugar Port

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The Port of Fortaleza, Brazil

DCIMAGENS

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 primarily used for the export of bulk commodities (including sugar cane).  In recent years, it's increasingly being used as a cruise ship port of call, as you'll see in this drone video by DCIMagens.

Veracruz: Mexico's Largest Atlantic Port

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The Port of Veracruz

Postandfly

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 its eastern coast.  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, which was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century.  

Gothenberg: Sweden's Atlantic-Facing Port

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A Short Film of the Port of Gothenburg by Droneflix

Droneflix Productions

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.

Port Adelaide: Exporting Australia's Grain

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The Port of Adelaide, Australia

Eye Fly Drones

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.  

Portsmouth: Historic English Port

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Portsmouth Harbor, England: Into the Sunset!

JW Media

Portsmouth is an important city in Hampshire, one of the counties of southern England.  Portsmouth and Southhampton, also in Hampshire, are the two main ports on the country's English Channel coast.  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.

Baltimore: East Coast Bulk Cargo Port

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The Sugar Shack, Baltimore Harbor

Jeff Walrich - TK-421

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 the deep drafts of 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 harbor landmark known as the Sugar Shack, the country's largest terminal for receiving sugar. 

Volos: Port of Northern Greece

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Drone Video of the Port of Volos, Greece

Icarus Aerial Filming

Icarus Aerial Filming created this captivating drone's eye view of Volos, an important Greek seaport.  The city is situated 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 is of comparatively recent vintage - it was constructed in 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.  

Durban: South Africa's Largest Port

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The Marina of Durban, South Africa

ryanzooms

Ryanzooms used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial of Durban, South Africa's third city and the largest in the eastern part of the country.  It sits on the Indian Ocean coastline, and is the principal city (although not the capital) of the KwaZulu-Natal province.  In addition to some very well known surfing beaches, Durban 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.  

Montevideo: Port on the Rio de la Plata

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Puerto de Montevideo

Drone 5

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

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Drone Shots: The Great Port City of Trieste, Italy

VOLOVISIONE.COM

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.

Vitória: Brazil's Largest Port Complex

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Porto de Vitória

DINHO (FPV-FILMS)

Check out this drone video of the port of Vitória, Brazil compliments of contributor DINHO (FPV-FILMS).  It's actually one of two ports in and around the city, the capital of the state of Espírito Santo in the country's Southeast region.  The other is the Port of Tubarão, which primarily focuses on exports of iron ore, one of Brazil's top three commodity exports along with soybeans and oil.  Together, Vitória's ports are amongst the busiest and most important in this giant South American country.

Riga Freeport: Baltic Seaport

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Riga Freeport by Mavic 2 Zoom

Reinis Vilnis

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.  

Duluth, Minnesota: Largest Freshwater Port

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Duluth Harbor, Lake Superior, Minnesota

duluthaerial

Contributor duluthaerial used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to shoot this aerial of the port and harbor of Duluth, Minnesota.  Located in the southwestern corner of Lake Superior, it's the world's largest freshwater port.  The port's largest commodity is a form of processed iron ore known as taconite, which is produced in the nearby Mesabi Iron Range mines.   The port also handles millions of tons of grain shipments.  In the first decades of the 20th century, Duluth was the USA's busiest port measured by freight tonnage.  

Oakland: #3 on USA's West Coast

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Port of Oakland, California

caldroneflyer

Contributor Caldroneflyer used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial view of the port of Oakland, California.  Lying on the east side of San Francisco Bay just west of downtown Oakland, Oakland's seaport long ago overtook the port of San Francisco.  The primary seaport for Northern California, Oakland is the fourth busiest seaport on the USA's West Coast, after Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Seattle-Tacoma (since 2015 a single facility).  It's one of the ten busiest container ports in the country. 

Odessa: Ukraine's Largest Port

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Odessa Sea Port with drone 4K

smakozawr

Odessa is the main seaport of Ukraine, and one of the largest on the Black Sea.  It's spread out over a length of coastline of the country's third-largest city, on the west side of Odessa Bay.  Together with its satellite ports, it's the largest Black Sea port for handing liquid and dry bulk cargo; it's also home to one of the seas's largest passenger terminals.  In this drone video by smakozawr, you'll get an aerial tour of the port, with a focus on its most modern facility: its containerized cargo terminal.  

Mobile, Alabama: US Bulk Cargo Giant

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Port of Mobile, Alabama 4K

Bumble Bee Productions

The Port of Mobile, Alabama has a storied history.  Before the US Civil War, it was one of the busiest ports in the world and its cotton exports fueled the Industrial Revolution.  Later, Mobile's port became crucial to Alabama's steel and forest products industries.  Today, the port is amongst the USA's top bulk cargo ports, and amongst the top dozen in the country by overall freight tonnage.  Seen in this drone video by Bumble Bee Productions, the Mobile port also handles containerized cargo and cruise ships.  

Liverpool: Port of the Industrial Revolution

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Liverpool Waterfront

Marco Don

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.   

Seattle/Tacoma: USA's #4 Container Port

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Container Ship Getting Towed To Port Tacoma Washington

cward360

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 fourth-busiest container port in the United States.

The Port of Philadelphia

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The Port of Philadelphia

Chris Bonanno

Located at the head of Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has always been an important port city.  While the City of Brotherly Love is no longer the manufacturing powerhouse it once was, its seaport and those of the neighboring cities together constitute one of the larger port areas in the eastern United States.  In this drone video by contributor and pilot Chris Bonano, you'll get a bird's eye view of the port facilities along the western side of the Delaware River, just south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.    

Santos: Brazil's Busiest Containerport

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Foggy Santos

Phil2go2019

Check out this fantastic aerial view of the port city of Santos in Southeastern Brazil by Phil2go2019.  The city lies in the state of the São Paulo, just southeast of the state's namesake capital city (and the country's largest).  The main part of the city shares the island of São Vicente with the island's namesake city.  Established by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Santos is home to the busiest container port in South America and the continent's second-largest port as measured by overall freight tonnage.  

Savannah: #5 US Containerport

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Ship Handling 101

Riverrat_productions

Contributor Riverrat_productions created this aerial view of the port of Savannah, Georgia, one of the most important harbors on the USA's East Coast.  The port is situated on the Savannah River, about 30 km (around 18 mi.) from its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean.  As of 2019, Savannah is the fifth biggest container port in the United States, measured by 20 foot equivalent units ("TEU's").  Savannah is the second-busiest port on the East Coast, after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Corpus Christie, Texas: USA's #5 Port

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Flying around Corpus Christi, Texas

Bumble Bee Productions

Check out this drone video of the port city of Corpus Christie, Texas, compliments of contributor Bumble Bee Productions.  Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, it's the eighth-largest city in Texas as of 2019.  The city's port was the site of a US Civil War battle in 1862, in which Union forces repelled a Confederate naval incursion to bombard the city. The current deep-water port, not technically within the city limits, was built in the 1920's.  Today, it's the home of the fifth-busiest port in the USA..  

New York Harbor

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NYC by Drone 4K

calladrone

Check out these amazing aerial views of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan, compliments of calladrone.  Some of the highlights include a great shot looking north over the Statue of Liberty towards Freedom Tower at :10; the Robbins Reef Lighthouse a at Constable Hook in Bayonne, New Jersey (:25); the North Cove Yacht Harbor (:50); Battery Park (1:10); the Staten Island Ferry (1:20); and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey (2:00) and the adjacent General Container Terminal (2:10). 

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