Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


A wharf is a structure built alongside the water or perpendicular to the shore where ships berth for loading or discharging goods.

What is Wharf?

A "wharf" is a structure or platform built along the shore of a body of water, such as a river or harbor, that is used for loading and unloading cargo from ships. Wharves can be made of various materials, such as concrete, wood, or steel, and may be equipped with cranes, conveyors, and other equipment to facilitate the movement of cargo. Wharves can also serve as a location for ships to dock and take on supplies or make repairs. In addition to their practical uses, wharves can also be important cultural and historical landmarks in many coastal cities and towns.