The Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is responsible for managing and operating the Puertos de Tenerife, which include five ports: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Christians, the Stake, Santa Cruz de la Palma, and San Sebastian de la Gomera. The Port Authority for Puertos de Tenerife coordinates the activities of the ports and seeks to modernize and maintain the best possible facilities on the islands. The Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the main port for Puertos de Tenerife. It contains the Dock of Anaga contains over 1350 meters of wharves with alongside depth of 12 meters. The passenger wharf at the Puertos de Tenerife’s Anaga Dock is 269 long, the fruit wharf is 397 meters long, and the general merchandise wharf is 382 meters long. The wharves serve tugboats and roll-on/roll-off cargoes and can accommodate two vessels at one time.
The Puertos de Tenerife Dock of the East (Darsena del Este) contains a container terminal and terminal for bufaderos. In addition to containers, primary cargoes include clinker, bulk cement, and cereals. The Puertos de Tenerife’s Darsena del Este also contains storage area with capacity for five thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The Wharf of Bufadero at Puertos de Tenerife, which is undergoing enlargements, contains additional storage 130 thousand square meters with capacity for six thousand TEUs.
The Puertos de Tenerife’s Dock of los Llanos contains 1426 meters of wharf with alongside depth of from 8 to 12 meters. It is dedicated to special cargoes and the Puertos de Tenerife shipyards. The Shore II Wharf at the Puertos de Tenerife’s Dock of los Llanos is a total of 870 meters long and contains both a roll-on/roll-off ramp and a base for containers.
The Puerto de Santa Cruz de la Palma is perhaps the oldest port within the Puertos de Tenerife. The port was the first construction undertaken in the town in the 16th Century. During the 16th and 17th Centuries, in fact, Santa Cruz de la Palma was the third most important port in the world, behind Seville and Antwerp, with large volumes of trade in sugar and wines. Today, the Puertos de Tenerife’s Port of Santa Cruz de la Palma contains over one thousand meters of berths, a multi-purpose wharf, a container terminal, and a fish market. Further improvements are underway that will make possible the berthing of large cruise vessels and the simultaneous docking of two cargo vessels (one roll-on/roll-off and one container).
The Puertos de Tenerife’s Port of San Sebastian de la Gomera is also an ancient port and a favorite stopping point for Spanish ships traveling to and from the Americas. Today, the Puertos de Tenerife handles passengers, vehicles, and general merchandise. Covering about 16.4 thousand square meters, the docks contain almost 300 meters of wharf.