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Port (nautical)

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Port is a nautical term referring to the left-hand side of a ship when facing towards the bow; an archaic version of the term is larboard. (The equivalent for the right-hand side is "starboard".) The terms are also used for aircraft, spacecraft, and analogous vessels.

A port buoy is a lateral buoy used to guide vessels through channels or close to shallow water. The port buoy is one that a vessel must leave to port when passing upstream.

see also seaport, other things named port