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Trade - lifeblood of a port

Trade is the sole reason a port exists. Discover the different types of trades and how each affects the way a port grows.
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Passengers and mail

Passengers and mail need to be delivered in the shortest possible time. Learn how posts which enabled ships to do this won most of this lucrative traffic.
 Mail sorting office
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Unloading a Ship  Food and perishables

For hundreds of years Britain has needed to import food to feed itself. Find out how technology and skills developed to handle foods such as meat and fruit.
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General cargo

General cargo covers a vast range of materials and goods. Discover how a port like Liverpool had the skills and facilities to handle and enormous variety of these cargoes.
 Barrels stacked on a dock
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Oil platform  Coal and oil

Coal ports grew up near the major coalfields; oil companies chose sites near deep water to build their refineries. Learn why this makes it easier to import and transport the raw materials.
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Moving the cargo

The work of a port does not stop once passengers have left a ship or containers have been unloaded. Discover how inland tranposrt links are vital to a port`s prosperity.
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Why are oil refineries built near the sea?
 They need water in case of a fire
It's easier to move crude oil by water
Nobody wants an oil refinery near their house

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