Harborsimple:Harbor A harbor (or harbour in international usage) is a place where ships may shelter. Often it is used as a synonym for port: a coastal or riverine facility where ships can load and unload. The port will typically consist of a water space enclosed by wave breakers, a number of quays or piers where the ships may be moored, magazine buildings for storage of goods and a transport system for relaying goods inland. Typically railway and road transport will be utilized. Additional possibilities are pipeline transport and further ship transport with smaller ships.
For harbors near the poless, being ice-free is an important advantage, ideally all-year round. Examples are Murmansk (Russia), Petsamo (Russia, formerly Finland) and VardÝ.