definitionWharf is the oldest term in English referring to port structures. It denotes any structure of timber, masonry, cement, or other material built along or at an angle to the navigable waterway, with sufficient depth of water to accommodate vessels and receive and discharge cargo or passengers. The term can be substituted for quay when applied to great solid structures in large ports. The area between the quay wall (made of solid masonry) and the nearby warehouse or storage facility is called the quay apron.
(Ports and Harbours, p. 5) A quay (or wharf) can be a good flood protection in locations where available space is limited. Quays are mostly reinforced concrete structures.
Co-benefits and impactsShips can dock to load and unload cargo or passengers at the quays and wharves. Promenades are also often located along quays and wharves.
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