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…that the port of Valencia is the most important in Spain. The port authority has moved over 28 million tons in the year 2001 and 1.5 million TEUs. Its traffic covers all sectors of the economy and practically all kinds of goods.

…that the container era began in Oakland in 1962, when the S.S. Elizabethport, then the world’s largest freighter, arrived at the Port’s Outer Harbor Terminal to inaugurate containership operations by Sea-Land Service, Inc.

To begin this new era in international shipping, Sea-Land modified four ships and invested in a fleet of 5,000 trailers that “detach from their chassis to become giant shipping boxes.” The Port of Oakland, in turn, spent $600,000 to upgrade piers to accommodate the line’s revolutionary operations.

…that the port of Legaspi in the Bicol region serves primarily as a collection point for the products of other provinces and islands to the east and south of Legaspi. It is also a distribution channel for Albay products. Cargoes that pass through the port consist of cement, copra, coconut and other agricultural products, bottled cargoes and fertilizers?

…that the city of Shanghai had a such a bad reputation in certain quarters that it gave rise to the verb “to be Shanghai-ed”, which meant to be drugged and shipped off to sea as a sailor, a reflection of the problem ship’s captains often had when they arrived in Shanghai in putting together enough of a crew to set sail again?

…that with total infrastructure investment of more than $600 million over the past 25 years, the Port of Brisbane is a deep-water port providing container terminals and bulk cargo facilities for a diversified range of commodities over 28 berths and 6,510 metres of quayline. The port has been identified as a major driver of economic development in Queensland and plays a significant role in promoting employment through its contribution to overall job creation.

…that the port of Bruges-Zeebrugge in Belgium has a very long history which dates back to the beginning of the Christian calendar?

On the spot where the port of Zeebrugge is now located, there was little more than a beach and a row of dunes some 100 years ago. But the port’s history goes back to origins of the city of Bruges – from the creation of the first navigable channels to the rise of the florishing economic and cultural center in the late Middle Ages to the decline from the 15th century onwards.

…that in 1874 B.C., Egypt was the first country to dig a man-made canal across its lands to link the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea via the Nile River and its branches? That Canal was abandoned and reopened several times then later named the Suez Canal. It was opened for international navigation on November 17, 1869.

…that the Port of San Francisco’s history reaches back to the early years of California statehood? With the Gold Rush attracting hundreds of ships to San Francisco Bay from around the world, a State Commission was created in 1863 to improve the City’s harbor. As the City moved into the 20th century, the Port grew in leaps and bounds. The waterfront became an industrial area of finger piers, railroad terminals, and warehouses. With the outbreak of World War II, San Francisco became a military logistics center; troops, equipment and supplies left the Port in support of the Pacific theater. The City’s shipbuilding and ship repair industries flourished. In the 1950s, San Francisco continued to be the West Coast’s premier cargo port.

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