A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where vessels can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water while offering protection from wind and waves and facilitating commercial demand.
A marina is a dock or basin with moorings and supplies for yachts and small boats. It differs from a port in that a marina does not handle large passenger vessels or cargo from freighters.
An anchorage is a location at sea where anchors can be lowered. Such locations usually allow vessels to safely anchor in protection from bad weather conditions and other hazards. The purpose of securely resting a ship at sea can be for waiting to enter ports as well as for taking on cargo or passengers where insufficient port facilities exist.
You are able to search the MarineTraffic directories and find thousands of Ports and Marinas from all around the globe with extensive Details pages regarding them and the vessels' movements to and from them. You can even locate anchorage sites as many of them are recorded to our database!
Ports and marinas can also be displayed on the MarineTraffic Live Map with their respective icons for easier identification. All you have to do is to tick the selection boxes next to Ports and Marinas/Small Ports at the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar!