Situated in Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife (13º318’W-28º580’N), this port started life essentially as a fishing harbour. Over time, and given the extraordinary growth of the tourist industry on the island, it has become the Canaries’ third goods port.
The Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote is a veritable economic development pole for the island and will acquire even more importance over the next few years, with new plans for using the port spaces, basic enlargement projects and implementation of special development plans for its precinct. The port’s enlargement projects are associated with improvements to its infrastructure for containers, tourist cruise ships and nautical sports. In total, more than 3 kilometres of berthing line will be made available. Every year, more than 65,000 TEUs pass through its terminal, which already boasts three gantry cranes.
In cruise ships, this port receives each year around 423,000 cruise passengers, making this the most sought-after port by tourists and the second port in the Canaries in cruise ship reception. Once the new infrastructure works are completed, its docks will have the capacity for receiving up to eight ships simultaneously and for becoming a home port.
As for its fishing activity, Lanzarote port is noteworthy for its proximity to the rich African fishing grounds and for its infrastructures. It records annual movements of 1,600 tonnes of fresh fish and 5,500 tonnes of frozen fish. It has an ice factory in place, situated on an area of 3,500 square metres, supplying the European artisan fleets that operate in the nearby African fishing grounds. Its storage capacity is for as much as 80 tonnes of ice.
This port has a plant for processing farmed fresh fish, with maximum production capacity of 12,000 tonnes of bass and bream per year, of which 95% is exported. For this purpose it has an area of 320,000 square metres and 33 cages located in waters boasting some of the highest quality in the world. In addition, situated right in the heart of the Port, it has an internationally renowned maritime-fishing training centre.
Lanzarote’s Arrecife Port provides inspection services through a Border Inspection Post and an authorized Customs Compound. These centres are managed by the Las Palmas Port Authority and the Lanzarote Chamber of Commerce.
The Marina of Arrecife Port in Lanzarote has 360 berths afloat and 72 dry-dock places. It services boats of lengths ranging from 4 metres to 60-metre superyachts. It boasts a modern leisure, restaurant and retail area, with more than 4,000 square meters of open terraces and with Charco de San Ginés as a backdrop. It also has a Sailing Club.
The port also has a boatyard for megayachts and infrastructure for reforming, repairing and maintaining large boats. It has a land area of 16,000 square metres and a hoist for boats of up to 820 tonnes. It also has a painting facility in place for boats of up to 60 meters in length.
puerto del rosario
The harbour and port of Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) is the island’s top port area and is located in the capital, Puerto del Rosario (13ª33’W-28º58’N). It has a berthing line of more than 1.3 kilometres, with depths ranging from three to twelve metres. It is currently undergoing major building works to further boost its capacities as a logistics and nautical centre and as a home port for cruise ships.
During 2018 this port was a stopover for 891 ships, most of them merchant vessels, with total gross tonnage of 16,406,372 tonnes.
Its main traffic is general goods. This port was historically important for exporting horticultural products, mainly tomatoes. However, in recent decades the island’s tourist industry has led to spectacular traffic growth and it now registers 1,274,544 tonnes per year and moves 38,462 TEUs. The Port of El Rosario is also noteworthy for passenger traffic. In 2018 274,610 people passed through its quays, 233,520 of them as cruise ship tourists.
Harbour for pleasure boats
This recently built new facility is devoted to recreational nautical activities and is located near the cruise ship dock and the recently built Los Pozos Beach.
This marina comprises five jetties, four of them with loading bridges, encompassing a total of 254 mooring points, distributed by ship lengths ranging from 6 to 12 metres, as well as a 120-metre berthing line for boats in transit.
The harbour facilities supply the ships with fuel, power and water.
The exceptional geographic location of the La Luz Port, the Port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, a bridge between Europe, Africa and America, has made it the most important port precinct in the Mid-Atlantic. It is located in the northeast of the island of Gran Canaria (15º25’W-28º09’N). Thanks to its size, its infrastructures and the variety and quality of the services it offers. This strategic situation has consolidated this port as a first-class logistics hub, with more than thirty maritime lines connecting with more than 180 ports around the planet. The La Luz Port in Gran Canaria is the largest port in the Canary Islands and one of the most important goods distribution links in Spain. It currently has almost 16 kilometres of berthing line, distributed among all its docks, with depths ranging from 3 to 45 metres.
Centuries before its construction was started in 1883 in its current location, this port was already used by Christopher Columbus as a bay and refuge for his boats heading out to discover America. Over time it has become a commercial port providing quality services in cruise ships, bunkering, fishing, containers, naval repairs, freight and passengers..It also has a free trade zone and border facilities for the control of goods. Over the course of 2018, 13,241 ship stopovers were registered, 900 more stopovers than in 2017 (7.29% more). Total freight traffic exceeded 23.3 million tons.
Among the advantages offered by this port are its historic relationship with shipping companies from around the world, ties that have been built up over the years. Also the availability of state-of-the-art facilities and the flexibility and versatility of its services. All this has contributed to making the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria a standout logistics centre for containers and other commercial cargoes on an international scale and as a service station for the ships crossing the Atlantic routes, mainly in the provisioning of ships, fishing, naval repairs (specializing in the offshore sector) and in supplying fuel. In this last segment of activity, this is the leading port in Spain and is already known as the “Atlantic’s fuelling station”. During 2018, 2,330,190 tonnes were supplied. Looking ahead, we are already working on facilities and means for supplying Liquefied Natural Gas to ships.
As for containers, one of the most relevant activity indicators, the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria recorded the movement in 2018 of 1,034,063 units, yet another year exceeding the one-million figure. Another aspect in which this port has considerable scope for future development is the cruise sector. Around 674,000 cruise passengers passed through its docks, an increase of almost 5% compared to 2017. To facilitate the expansion of this sector, projects have been launched to increase the berthing line at the Passenger Dock and for the construction of a new cruise station.
Moreover, the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria stands out in the international arena as a solidarity port. The Red Cross and Red Crescent and the UN World Food Programme keep warehouses here from where humanitarian aid is distributed to African countries that need it. The location of these bases was chosen for its strategic position, availability of excellent services, dense network of maritime and air connections and favourable customs regulations.
The La Luz Port has traditionally enjoyed free trade conditions, perfected through the Canary Islands Economic and Fiscal Regime (known by its Spanish initials ‘REF’), a special tax status within the European Union.
Small Vessel Dock (Marina)
The Small Ships Dock of the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria is the largest in the Canary Islands and a transit area for transatlantic sailors from the five continents. Its capacity is 1,359 berthing points. Of these, 1,177 are managed directly by the Las Palmas Port Authority. The rest is in licensing arrangements. The percentage of berths in transit (associated with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers regatta – ARC) is 25-30%.
The marina of the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria has undergone important reforms and improvements in recent years. Among the latest works carried out is the installation of a new network of Active Fire Protection, the replacement of old pontoons, the installation of more pontoons for berths in the vernacular lateen sailing area and the improvement of the development area in the southern part of the pier, creating a greater yield of parking places. Additionally, this year a public tender will be called for the installation of new nautical premises, thus expanding the provision of services and the professionalisation of this port area devoted to sailing.
These actions will be followed by others that will have a huge impact on the modernization of the Marina. The Investment Plan for the 2018-2022 period includes the demolition of the old Red Cross building to create an open space with a landscaped area and a sports space in this zone; the urban development of the Small Boats Dock, which includes the improvement of the whole development site, surfacing all the roads, widening sidewalks, rearranging parking places and reorganising green areas; plus adapting pedestrian access ramps to the dock, thus improving accessibility from the city centre to the marina. The repair facilities, the most comprehensive in the Canary Islands, are equipped with several specialized workshops and a full maintenance service.
Plans are also underway to enlarge the marina. The widely demanded enlargement of the Marina will be favoured with the lengthening by more than 400 meters of the Reina Sofía dyke of the La Luz Port in Gran Canaria. The dock will be more protected. This will reduce the cost of the necessary protection works for an extension of the dock, which may make it more attractive for private investors.
There are many initiatives that will mark the change of course which the Marina will undergo. Its management will be made easier by the implementation of new programmes.
Computer experts needed for improving and modernising the management and for creating an exclusive website for the dock.
Among the immediate objectives, the Las Palmas Port Authority seeks to attract new regattas in addition to the consolidated ones: the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) and the MiniTransat.
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