The ports currently managed by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife are a living memory of the great ocean-going voyages, particularly to the Americas.

It should be remembered that Christopher Columbus set sail from San Sebastian de La Gomera to discover the New World; the Port of Santa Cruz de La Palma was the third most important port in Europe after Seville and Antwerp in the 16th century; and that Santa Cruz de Tenerife was an obligatory stopover for all trade in the Canary Islands from the 18th century onwards.

Today these ports are still vital for Atlantic traffic because of their strategic geographic location. The Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the logistics platform for vessels calling in for refuelling and supplies and is also one of Spain’s leading ports for cruise and passenger ships.

This is only possible because of its modern, quality facilities and services which include an innovative communications and control centre, an up-to-the-minute computer system that assists customers with their administrative procedures, competitive charges and a refinery.

As a result, the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is gaining a worldwide reputation as the ideal Atlantic platform for international transhipment of containers coming from or heading towards Europe and the Americas, given the proximity of emerging markets on the West African coast.

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