Seaport suburbs of major inland cities

Port Klang, Malaysia – Source:

Some of the largest cities in the world are located a relatively short distance inland. As a result, their primary seaport developed at a coastal suburb instead. Secondarily, several of these cities once had harbors, but due to their shallow depth, they were required to relocate their modern port facilities further out (closer to the sea). Growing ship sizes and the cost to maintain (dredge) old shipping channels became more challenging. Both Bremen and Glasgow provide examples of moving the harbor closer to the sea.


This alphabetical list identifies those cities with seaport suburbs. In the case of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach is located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles. Both are important international shipping seaports, even though the heart of Los Angeles, including downtown, is located inland. A similar example is Houston and Texas City, Texas.

Port of Piraeus, Greece – Source:
Athens, Greece
Bremen, Germany
Caracas, Venezuela
Conakry, Guinea
Glasgow, Scotland
Kuala Lumpur, MY
Lima, Peru
Los Angeles, USA
Merida, Mexico
Pyongyang, NK
Rome, Italy
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Seoul, SK
Surat, India
Tirana, Albania
Tunis, Tunisia
La Guaira
Port Klang
Long Beach
La Goulette
30th container port
27th container port
Busiest port in VE
22nd port in Africa
Popular for cruises
12th container port
4th busiest in SA
20th container port
78th cruise port
Busiest port in NK
9th cruise port
30th container port
4th busiest in SK
Growing port
Albania’s top port
56th cruise port
* World rankings unless noted

SA – South America

Piraeus – also 10th ranked cruise port in Europe and 24th cruise port in world

Crowded Civitavecchia cruise port – Source


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