Port of Las Palmas
History and museums
Port of Las Palmas (also called La Luz Port) (Spanish: Puerto de Las Palmas or Puerto de La Luz) is port for fishing, commercial, passenger and sports boats in the north-west of Las Palmas, Spain, European Union. For five centuries, the Port of Las Palmas (La Luz Port) has been the traditional base for scale and supplying ships on their way through the Middle Atlantic. La Luz Port is not only the first port of the Canary Islands, but also the first port in the Mid-Atlantic, and handles the most traffic at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and America. In turn, it constitutes one of the main ports of Spain and the first of the geographical area of West Africa. The port in 2007 handled a total of 907,782 passengers, 16.26% more than in 2006, and the growing cruise passenger traffic rose 21.23%. In 2007, it processed some 11,262 ships.La Luz Port has the 5th position of Spain in TEUs, 1,449,773 in 2007, which places it among the first 15 ports of Europe.
La Luz Port has an annual traffic of more than 4,500 weighing stations, and handles 400,000 tonnes of frozen fish per year. The port provides 175,000 cubic meters of cold storage facilities, and storage areas for special refrigerated containers supported by Trastainer and preparation rooms for frozen products. These facilities have a variety of refrigeration which can carry out all activities necessary for postprocessing and conservation of fish, from refrigeration and storage of the product at low temperatures for subsequent distribution, to manufacture and supply of industrial ice. The port's facilities include a border inspection post (BIP) approved by the European Union, which is responsible for inspecting all types of imports from third countries or exports to countries outside the European Economic Area.