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The Canary Islands are one of the seventeen autonomous regions of Spain and as such, they are part of the European Union (EU) and the Euro Zone. Geographically, the archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean, of the northwest coast of Africa, north of the Tropic of Cancer, between latitudes 27º 37′ and 29º 25′ north latitude and 13º 20′ and 18º 10′ west longitude. Just over 1,000 kilometres from the Spanish Mainland and about 100 km from Africa, the Canary Islands Region is set in the Atlantic Ocean as a strategic enclave between three continents: Europe, Africa and America.
From an administrative point of view, the archipelago is divided into two provinces: Las Palmas, made up of the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, consisting of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Capital status is shared between the cities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
PORT OF LAS PALMAS
The city has always been a port oriented city being always a natural gateway between different continents with more than 2.000 ha of floating area and a capacity of moving 30 containers per hour it has been able to consolidate as the most important Port in the area with a movement of more 1 million TEUs in 2012. The huge traffic of containers is explained thanks to the Port strategy redefinition by increasing the direct lines between the city and West African ports (18 operative direct lines).
Anoher important axe is the promotion other kind of services such as the shipyards services, specifically for the oil rigs and mining companies. There are 100 companies with international standard certification that can provide any kind of service required by any company.
The third axe of the Port strategy is to be a humanitarian hub by attracting international cooperation agencies. Thanks to this strategy the International Red Cross, World Food Program and USAID have established their logistic headquarters in the Port in for urgent release of any kind of help for West Africa due to the Port infrastructures and direct connections in the area.
Some figures |
- 2.000 ha of water area
- Total capacity of 14 km of docking
- Draught between 5 and 22 m
- 18 mobile cranes and 15 dock cranes
- Movement between 26 and 30 containers/hour
- 19.411.615 tons of goods (2012)
- 1.100.000 TEU (2012)
- 40.000 m2 covered
- 300.000 m2 discovered
- 250.000 m3 refrigerator
- 328.076 m3 fuel
Shipyards | 170.000 m2 Dry docks | 3.000 dwt Syncrolift | 30.000 dwt.
Small boats dock |
- 1.200 berths
- 5 meters of depth
- Lengths up to 40 meters
- 1.150 m berthing lines
- 470.000 passengers
PORT OF TENERIFE
- Connected with over 278 ports around the world
- 2 container terminals
- 325,708 teus in 2014
- 5,128,479 passengers in 2014
- 518 cruise ships. (3rd in Spain, 11th in Europe and 24th worldwide)
- 6 available berths for offshore vessels
- Available areas for logistics investments
- Bunker supply
- Regasification plant (under construction)
- Total surface of the docks in Santa Cruz Ports: 11.366 meters
Tenerife has two ports with a third under construction in the south of the island. The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the main port in the province and gets all kinds of traffic: container ships, liquid bulk, solid bulk, roll on-roll off, cruise ships, pleasure crafts and passengers. The port is also a reference point for bunker supplies for vessels crossing the Atlantic, due to its strategic geographical position and the island having the only oil refinery in the area.
A second container terminal was recently inaugurated to focus on looking after the sector of container transhipment at the island. The two terminals currently in operation at the city port have a capacity for 1 million TEU.
Puertos de Tenerife receives over 5 million passengers every year, of which 800,000 are cruise passengers from the more than 500 cruise ships that visit the port of Santa Cruz every year, making Tenerife the 3rd port in Spain for this kind of traffic, the 11th in Europe and 24th in the world. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife port, likewise, has numerous spaces available for storage and/or transformation of products, at very competitive rates.
In the offshore sector, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife port has become a centre for repairing platforms in the Atlantic, keeping an average of 3-4 platforms moored in the port. Growing demand in this sector has favoured the development of a ship repair sector that is currently undergoing expansion. The development of the repair activity and services demanded by the offshore companies, therefore, constitute a good option for investing and doing business on the island.
Puertos de Tenerife is continually adapting to the evolution of the sector with regard to improving it services and adapting its infrastructure. Currently, work is being done to improve the quality of the services provided by gaining quality certificates, increasing security, safety, prevention, etc. on the one hand and, on the other, through investment projects for new infrastructure, such as “for example” a marina for mega yachts, a new terminal for cruise passengers and a port in the south of the island, Puerto de Granadilla.