La Autoridad Portuaria de Malaga is responsible for planning, developing, operating, maintaining, and marketing the Port of Malaga. The harbor is located on a natural deep-water bay. The Port of Malaga covers over 692 thousand square meters of land and 7.1 hectares of water surface.
The Port of Malaga handles a wide range of cargoes, including vehicles and passengers. Among other cargoes, the Port of Malaga handles imports of cement clinkers, coke, and cereals. Major exports passing through the port include olive oil and dolomite.
The Port of Malaga has undertaken an effort to modernize its 19th Century port facilities to keep pace with modern technological changes and the growing size of ocean-going vessels. These changes will ultimately double the land area of the port and add new facilities and equipment for modern cargoes like containers.
The East Wharf in the Port of Malaga is used primarily for cruise vessels. At 590 meters long with alongside depth of 17 meters, the wharf can accommodate the largest cruise vessels up to 300 meters long with draft of 11 meters. In 2007, the south dock opened, and the new East Harbor station was opened to accommodate passengers. Wharf No. 2, or Guadiaro, also serves cruise vessels. With a 450-meter long dock with alongside depth of 10.5 meters, this wharf is near the city center.
The Darsena Embarcaciones Menores and Wharf No. 1 (called Ricardo Gross) serve yachts and recreational vessels with a total of almost 900 meters of docks with alongside depth of from 5 to 9.4 meters and open yards of over 17.7 thousand square meters.
Wharf No. 3, Canovas, is used for passengers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes. With a total of 538 meters of docks with alongside depth between 8.5 and 10.5 meters, the wharf includes restaurants, telephone and banking access, and total surface of almost 21 thousand square meters for passengers and merchandise.
Wharf No. 4, Heredia, handles roll-on/roll-off cargoes, liquid bulk, and general merchandise. It is 478 meters long with alongside depth of 6.5 meters and includes over .2 thousand square meters of open area, two thousand square meters of open storage, and 6.1 thousand square meters of warehouses for cargo storage. The terminal also has capacity to load/unload oil cargoes at the rate of 250 tons per hour.
The Port of Malaga’s Wharf No. 5, Dique Flotante, is for repairs and armaments. Its wharf is 110 meters long with alongside depth of 6.5 meters with almost 12 thousand square meters of open space and oil tanks of 5.8 thousand square meters for storage. The floating dock can accommodate ships to 83 meters long.
Wharves No. 6 (Romero Robledo) and 7 specialize in solid and liquid bulk and dangerous cargoes. Wharf No. 6 is 420 meters long with alongside depth of 11 meters, and Wharf No. 7 is 340 meters long with alongside depth of 13.5 meters. The two storage facilities include 1.5 thousand square meters for oil storage and additional storage of almost four thousand square meters. Separate storage for cement has capacity for 5.8 thousand cubic meters. Facilities for liquid bulk cargoes include storage capacity for 3.3 cubic meters. The wharves also contain 24.3 thousand square meters of open yards and a roll-on/roll-off ramp.
Several wharves make up the fishing dock with a total length of 727 meters with alongside depth from 3.8 to 5 meters. Over 4.7 thousand square meters at the wharves are devoted to the fish market. The total area of the fishing wharves is 13.1 square meters, and it includes facilities to support the fishing industry, commerce, ice-making, salting, and packaging. The wharves contain two refrigerated warehouses with capacity of 2.7 thousand square meters.
Wharf No. 9, Polivalente, near the city center, has not changed much since it was built in 1887. Studies have been undertaken on how best to modernize and expand this wharf area without disrupting nearby city facilities and activities.
Plans for modernization of the Port of Malaga include a new wharf that will add 40 hectares of land surface, 822 meters of docks with alongside depth of 16 meters, and 145 meters for processing roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
In 2007, the Port of Malaga handled over 63 million tons of cargo, 36.2 thousand vehicles and 542 TEUs of containerized cargo carried on 357 container vessels. Liquid cargoes exceeded 100 thousand tons. Over 600 thousand passengers visited the Port of Malaga in 2007.