Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spanish: Puerto de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is a port of fishing, commercial, passenger and sports in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, European Union. Located in the Atlantic Ocean. It is managed by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which includes all commercial and leisure ports of the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife islands). Next to this port is the famous building of the Auditorio de Tenerife.
Under Spanish maritime regulation, several ports are bundled on technical, political & historical reasons under the structure of Autoridad Portuaria (Port´s Authority), and full statistics sometimes only refer to Port Authorities, rather than individual ports. However, a brief description of strengths and weaknesses of the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is included here, based on statistical data published by the Port´s Authority:
- It has a significant relevance in two categories: Cruise Passengers (#1 of the Canary Islands, 607.000 cruise passengers in 2011, second of Spain, only surpassed by the Port of Barcelona) and in Fresh Fish caughts (ranking #1 in the Canary Islands, although quantitively the latter represents a minor categorie, only 5.400 Tonnes in 2011).
- Due to the importance of interinsular maritime transport, it also holds a dominant position in Passenger Transport (1.750.000 in 2011), followed by the Port of Los Cristianos, located in the south of Tenerife and main maritime gateway to the Western Canaries.
- Although self-proclaimed as a relevant hub in the Europe-Africa-America maritime freight traffic, transhipment remains as the main weakness of the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. According to recent figures, the Port handled in 2011 a total amount of 330.000 TEUS, being the transit a mere testimonial share of it (0,011% of total cargo). Therefore, the Port has been downgraded (when compared to nearby Port of Las Palmas, in the island of Gran Canaria, and excluded from the TEN-T Trans-European Transport Network (selected by the European Commission based ob quantitative criteria, e.g. handling >1% of total European maritime cargo). However, new developments are expected, following the expansion project of the Dársena del Este and the concession for container handling operations extended to OHL.
In 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.
On September 26, 1993 45.000 people went to the concert of American superstar Michael Jackson as part of his Dangerous World Tour. Never before had an American singer done this. All profits were donated to various charities including the new Heal the World Foundation that was set up by Jackson.
Some of the world's largest ocean liners like the Queen Mary 2 (2004) and Queen Elizabeth II (also 2004) have stopped in the Port. The proximity of two international airports backs up its position as base for cruises.
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