Ports of Tenerife has been elected leader of the European transnational cooperation project MAC 2009-2013 GESPORT being the overall objective to create a Euro-African network for sustainable cooperation in the port sector- meeting this way the territorial cooperation as main aim of the European Union cohesion policy.
Thus, GESPORT defends cooperation as a value for the integrated development of the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands and of these with other countries in their geographical area. It aims to place the Macaronesian RUP as an Atlantic platform for freight and port services, as well as a focal point of maritime distribution.
Furthermore, its goal is to strengthen maritime relations between regions and participating countries, promoting sharing knowledge on port management, human resources training, good environmental and safety practices and modernizing the port infrastructure.
The role of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife as GESPORT project leader is serving as the speaker, representing other partners, taking responsibility for the overall management of the awarded funding and exercising all the functions that are essential for the proper execution of the project and partnership management. Along with the ports of Tenerife they are partners of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, their counterparts in the ports of Madeira, Gambia and Cape Verde, and the autonomous ports of Dakar, Nuadibú and Nouakchott.
The program, approved by the Management Committee of the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands (MAC) 2007-2013, has a total ERDF co-financing of € 453,750, representing a funding rate of 85% over the cost of implementation. The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is involved in GESPORT providing € 237,500, 201,875 of this sum co-financed with funds from MAC programme 2007-2013.
Tenerife hosted between March 29 and April 1 the Conference of Business Alliances with Africa (International Partnerships Conference: Doing Business with Africa), a real business forum between companies and institutions working in Africa. It served to place the island as base for American and European companies working in West Africa.
Organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), in collaboration with the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM), the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Council of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands, it had the clear objective of providing managers the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge and practical tools to successfully invest in the African continent, while facilitating personal contacts with financing multinationals from the U.S., Europe and Africa.
The forum also aimed to bring business development with Africa to local businesses and facilitate other arrangements on innovation, training and logistics between North American and African companies and the archipelago.
The Conference of Business Alliances with Africa brought together around 300 businessmen from America, Africa, Europe and Asia along with those responsible for administration of these areas, heads of multilateral and major financial institutions.
The conference consisted of different seminars and workshops focused primarily on the sectors where new opportunities have been detected within these emerging markets: ICT, renewable energy and connectivity.
Similarly, in order to promote the competitive advantages of Tenerife and show first-hand the infrastructures of the island, organized visits were programmed to the Technological Institute of Renewable Energies (ITER) and to the port of Santa Cruz. The latter visit was done by the president of the Port Authority, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, who explained to the audience the traffic forecasts for the coming years at the facilities and the infrastructures that will contribute to its momentum in the port of Tenerife, including the new container base at the East Dock and the Border Inspection Post. In addition, Rodríguez Zaragoza referred to some of the important ongoing projects such as the port of Granadilla.
More than one hundred professionals attended the conference of the first seminar GESPORT ‘Port Sector: Offshore and Logistics in West Africa” held at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, meeting collaborator. In the inauguration of the conference participated the President of Ports of Tenerife, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, the Vice-President of the Council of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, and Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce, Modesto Castro Campos, all agreeing on the importance and potential of African market for regional economic development.
Emerging markets and logistics in West Africa were precisely, along with human resource training, the central issues of this first seminar that was attended by international experts in the port sector, African partners like the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso and GESPORT partners taking active participation.
Among the participants in the different sessions were the Director of Submarine Systems ISLALINK S.A., Raw Bruce; the President of Carrier Gas Company Canarias S.A. (GASCAN) Miguel Becerra Dominguez; the Chairman of the Maritime and Port Institute of Cape Verde (IMP) and the Deputy General Manager of the port of Nouadhhibou, Sid ‘Ahmed Ould Hady.
The seminar was held within the framework of GESPORT Project “Euro-Africa Network Cooperation in Port Sector” Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores- Canaries 2007-2013, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is lead partner in GESPORT project along with, now as partners, the Foundation Port of Las Palmas, Madeira Port Authority (APRAM); Port Authority of Cape Verde (ENAPOR), Autonomous Port of Dakar, Autonomous Port of Nouadhibou and Autonomous Port of Nouakchott.
Coinciding with the celebration of GESPORT Seminar, Ports of Tenerife signed a collaboration agreement with the Chamber of Commerce of Burkina Faso. Both entities seek to create an Interport Committee holding regular meetings to develop an action plan with activities of interest to both entities and that will focus, among other areas, on the Free Zone and Special Zone, inspection centres, management of specialized terminals and port equipment and technology.
The establishment of a permanent bond of cooperation within different aspects relating to port activity, particularly taking into account the area of influence of both ports, is the basis underlying the agreement signed between the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the autonomous port of Nouadhibou, in Mauritania.
The agreement, signed by the President of Ports of Tenerife, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, and the Director General of the autonomous port of Nouadhibou, Cheikh Abadalahi Houeibib, includes the creation of a committee between ports with continuous contact as well as the arrangement of regular meetings to implement an action plan to ensure the effectiveness of such collaboration.
The activities and projects of special interest to both institutions are related to port security, fight against marine pollution, human resources and port services.
This is not the first time that the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the port of Nouadhibou share interests as both institutions are part of the Gesport project, led by the Port Authorithy of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, whose overall objective is to create a large Euro-African network for sustainable cooperation in the port sector, and also the ICHCA, International Cargo Handling and Co-ordination Association.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife participated in 2011 in the second International Port Woman Day: the Role of Women in the Maritime and Port Sectors, held in Dakar, Senegal, organized by State Ports, the Autonomous Port of Dakar, the Network of Professional Women in the Maritime and Port Sectors of West and Central Africa and Las Palmas Port Foundation.
The conference was attended by professionals of the sector in order to share their experiences as well as deepening and strengthening the ties of friendship among the participants, especially among those from the African continent, whom the promotion campaign is, mostly, headed towards.
The conference included a visit to the port of Dakar, an activity within the GESPORT program, of which Dakar, Nouadhibou, Nouakchott, Cape Verde, Madeira and Las Palmas Foundation Port are members.
The presentation of GESPORT targets was precisely the basis of the conference given by Ports of Tenerife during the First Day of Development Cooperation in the Maritime Sector organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Centre for Marine Science Technology Center, in collaboration with the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was one of the hundred entities, at national and international levels, participating in the Logistics and Transport Atlantic Exhibition (SALT) organized by the Canary Cluster for Transport and Logistics with the clear objective of consolidating Canary Islands as a logistics platform between Europe, Africa and Latin America enhancing the advantages of its geo-strategic status.
The exploitation of the geographical position of the islands to generate new business and diversify the economy has just been, in recent years, a recurring theme as an undeniable future action plan. In order to stimulate contacts and relationships in the field of logistics and shipping, considering what this may mean for our ports, the SALT was the ideal setting for holding multiple meetings and roundtables in which companies, experts and the sector authorities participated.
Ports of Tenerife participated with a stand of 128 square meters dedicated to the new cruise terminal; expansion of the East Dock; the new Border Inspection Post (BIP); new technologies to meet port community and environmental improvements within the port.
The president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife participated in the 1st Congress of Mid-Atlantic Ports, held in the SALT 2011 and organized by Proexca, the Directorate General of Transport of the Canary Islands, Casa Africa, the Port of Las Palmas Foundation and Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The main approach was to articulate the regional cooperation between the Canaries and neighbouring African regions to promote integration within the port area, to encourage the establishment of stable institutional cooperation relationships and strengthen the role of the outermost regions as platform for territorial cooperation between the European Union and the neighbouring countries.
Ports of Tenerife took part in a presentation focused on the regular shipping and organized, in this case with the collaboration of Proexca and the Port of Las Palmas, the Days "City-Port: strategies and confluences". Its inclusion in the program of parallel activities was due to Morocco's interest to know the port city model of development, especially in regard to cruise tourism.
Representatives of Morocco and the Canary Islands participated in it, but also of Cape Verde, Madeira, Azores and Senegal. Thus, bringing together all the agents involved, they give response to the interest of the port authorities of the Canary Islands and Madeira to launch cruise lines that include new African cities.
The congress took place within the GESPORT project, approved under the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Canary Islands-Azores (MAC 2007-2013) and led by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife makes advances in the international promotion of its port system to reaffirm itself as a logistics platform for the Atlantic and, more specifically, as a port of distribution of goods between Europe, Africa and America.
To develop the necessary actions to meet this goal, Ports of Tenerife attended the 6th Assembly of the Regional Section for Canaries-Africa of the ICHCA, International Cargo Handling Coordination Association, with a delegation accompanied by business representatives and stevedores from the Canary Islands.
At the meeting, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 12-13 July, the representatives from Tenerife focused their speeches on the progress of the transnational cooperation project GESPORT of which the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the lead partner, presenting also the new infrastructures of the capital’s port, specifically the new container terminal and the Border Inspection Post. Likewise the port of Granadilla was also an addressed issue.
Among the side events held during the assembly, it highlights the visit to the dry port of Ouagadougou, in ongoing expansion and which is managed by the Chamber of Commerce of Burkina Faso. During the meeting the exchange of knowledge and experiences was considered as likely useful to this important structure. The delegation of Tenerife, along with a representation of stevedores from Canary Islands, also visited the Chamber of Commerce of Ouagadougou, wherein they met their deputy chairman and discussed about future projects including ‘Africalia’, a meeting place for entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia and Europe.
ACCIONA Trasmediterránea returns to canary interisland traffic with a new connection, operational since last June 30, linking the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Las Palmas and Morro Jable.
Departures are scheduled to facilitate connections between the two main islands and the south of Fuerteventura, so there are daily departures, except on Sundays, from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Morro Jable. Likewise there are also daily returns, except on Saturdays, from Las Palmas and Morro Jable to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The journeys are made by the vessel Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with capacity for 886 passengers, 260 vehicles and 993 meters of Ro-Ro capacity.
The presentation of the ship and the new interisland connection took place at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in a ceremony attended by, among other authorities, the president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Pedro Rodríguez Zaragoza, who presented his counterpart at Acciona-Trasmediterránea, Jorge Vega-Penichet, with the traditional memorial plaque.
During the presentation Rodriguez Zaragoza stressed the importance of this new journey and its role as an interisland cohesive element.
Ro-Ro traffic between the Canaries and the port of Cadiz has increased its competitiviness thanks to the new operating terminal at that port. This is a specific terminal used for that particular traffic. The public agency has invested 22 million euros to build 58,000 square metres on land, 570 metres of quay with depths of 10.5 metres and two Ro-Ro ramps.
The Canary traffic involves 10 per cent of the operating revenues of the Cadiz Bay Port Authority and 24 per cent of the port’s traffic volume, so that, in the words of its president, Rafael Barra, ‘it deserved, beyond expectations, the investment effort’.
La Estaca port, in the island of El Hierro, is the only evacuation base for part or the total population of the island if, for security reasons due to the volcanic crisis, an evacuation would be necessary.
This is reflected in the Special Plan of Civil Protection and Emergency Response for Volcanic Risk in the Canary Islands (PEVOLCA), which rules out air evacuation because of the limitations that the issuance of volcanic ash to the air might involve.
For this reason, the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was part of the PEVOLCA Technical Committee coordinating, along with Maritime Authority and shipping companies, the actions to be taken in case of mass evacuation of the island. For this purpose a series of emergency services had being provided.
Thus, La Estaca Port had a prominent role from the beginning of the volcanic crisis in El Hierro, especially since September 23, 2011. On this date, it was the first time that the alert level raised to red light, according to PEVOLCA, due to the increased risk of eruption. This fact would be confirmed in early October by La Restinga, located barely two kilometer away from the area where there was found clear evidence of the volcano.
In addition the esplanades of the port were used for the logistics organization of the many emergency units which are operating in El Hierro, including EMU and the Red Cross; the port has been also used as base for emergency and research vessels and it has even worked as an emergency helipad during the volcanic crisis.
It can be said that the salvage tugs Punta Salinas, Guardamar Talía and Salvamar Adara had almost a permanent base at the port. As well as the patrols of the Civil Guard such as, for example, Pico Teide, and the research vessels Ramón Margalef, owned by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, and Professor Ignacio Lozano, under the authority of the Canary Islands Government.
Another need arising from this crisis was the host in La Estaca port of those vessels based at La Restinga, amounting to about forty the number of acceptances
Elimco Soluciones Integrales, S.A. was, by decision of the Management Board of the Port Authority, the company awarded the contract for the "Facilities for a container scanner at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife", within a period of six months and a budget allocation of 396,104 euros.
This award represented further progress in the process leading to the implementation of that control tool. The process was initiated with fit-out works in the area where the scanner will be located.
This project consists of the building of two control booths, one for use of the Port Authority and one for the Civil Guard; the shed under which the container scanner will be located, urbanization of the area around the electrical, lighting and telecommunication installations.
The distribution of the shed that will house the scanner has been made taking into account the radiation conditions of the equipment to be installed, preventing access to radiation influenced areas.
The operation of the new scanner, located between the new container terminal at Eastern Dock and the border inspection post, will improve and streamline the inspection of containerized goods, both from the standpoint of security and customs control.
For its part, Telecomunicación, Electrónica y Comunicación, S.A. is responsible for delivering this "relocatable system for non-intrusive inspection of containers" including preventive and corrective maintenance of the system, with an award amount of 1,417,500 euros.
The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife gave in April a paper on the projects Salvia and Gesport during the Port Management Seminar aimed at the Professional Women's Association of Port Sector in Central and West Africa held in Casa Africa, Las Palmas.
Such intervention is a clear support for the training and defence of African women workers in the sector. They are represented in this partnership of 50 professionals of different ranks and each of them put their work in the ports and associated African companies.
The seminar was organized by the Port of Las Palmas Foundation and Casa África and sponsored by State Ports and the Department of Relations with Africa of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The lighthouse at Punta Cumplida, La Palma, held since last August a special role being the first in Europe to operate with high power LED technology, which means a marked reduction in consumption and a not less significant increase in its light wave.
This lighthouse used to have the highest consumption among those under the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with an average of 3,200 W / h. Now it is saving 3Kw/h and has increased its light wave in more than forty nautical miles, maintaining, on the other hand, its 20-mile geographical reach.
All this, combined with the life span the LED can reach, according to the production company – it may even last one hundred years—results in a reduction of costs compared to the ones incurred by using light bulbs.
Ports of Tenerife has been a pioneer on several occasions in improving its technology aids to navigation networks as, for instance, the installation of the first Lighthouse Remote Monitoring and Control System operating in Spain. Once more it becomes a pioneer taking environmentally friendly initiatives.
The port of Los Cristianos, South Tenerife, had at the end of 2011 around one hundred new berths divided into four piers for pleasure and fishing boats, included in the lists 7th, 6th, 4th, and 3rd.
The works were awarded for a period of four months and 485,520 euros during the session of the Management Board of May. It was a project of the Port Authority with the aim of not only rearranging the port, but also increasing its safety.
In this sense, boats are distributed along the new infrastructure according to their size, varying the length of the pontoons, equipped with fingers, between 6, 8, 10, 13 and 15 meters long.
Works included, among other things, the installation of articulated walkways to access the piers and electricity towers. With this infrastructure the target is offering suitable provision for this type of service.
Besides the mentioned works, the organization of the port involves other executions already undertaken by Ports of Tenerife and that mean a total investment of almost 600,000 euros in order to complete the project. In this regard, the esplanade of Varadero has a dry marina with 100 spaces for fiber boats, having also acquired a hoist for lifting, lowering and launching boats. It was also awarded, by a negotiated procedure, the grounding service that it was fully operational in August.