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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.

During the D-Day operations of 1944, two artificial harbors (codenamed Mulberry[?]) were built just off the invasion beaches.

See also: dock, dockyard, marina, naval base[?], quay[?], seaport, transport, wharf

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