Las Palmas port has two good anchorages at the roads where vessels can go according to type of vessel and cargo in transit: Tankers, or vessels carrying Dangerous Cargo, must anchor at the Northern Anchorage; all other vessels go to the Southern Anchorage. Both have sandy bottom, good holding and are under the constant surveillance of Las Palmas Port Control radar.
The Southern Anchorage is slightly more sheltered against N/NW winds with a depth of between 20 and 100meters.
The Northern Anchorage: Located along the outer breakwater outside of the Reina Sofia Quay from the green light on its end (28°07’.55N 015°24’.28W) to the beginning of the pier with a depth of between 30 and 100 meters.
There is also a third anchorage position known as the "inner anchorage" or "anchorage in the fairway". This anchorage is located at the end of Leon y Castillo quay and mainly used for bunkering of medium large vessels when the port is under the effects of bad weather conditions such as strong winds or heavy swell.
Vessels that arrive to Las Palmas port with hull cleaning or underwater repair purposes also frequent this anchorage as the Reina Sofia pier helps to protect divers from the strong currents.
This anchorage position is available only upon special request and only one vessel can remain anchored at a time. If very strong winds are in force, or there is a risk of changes in wind direction, the Port Master may oblige the vessels to remain connected to a local harbour tug whilst anchored for safety reasons and to avoid the vessel blocking the port entry.
Bunker supply at anchor is a service available 24hrs a day although the attendance isrestricted to vessels with a minimum LOA of 125 metres for safety reasons due to the relative sizes of the delivery barges. Attendance always takes place on the vessels port side. Bunkering at outer anchorage is unavailable only when climatic conditions and heavy swell do not safely permit. On these occasions a shifting to the more protected inner anchorage is necessary or, if not available, to a suitable berth.
The bunker supply and attendance is coordinated by the two main physical suppliers:
A) CEPSA MARINE FUELS (CMF – PETROCAN)
Cepsa coordiantes two large capacity bunker barges: Spabunker Veintiuno XXI and Spabunker Veintidos XXII. Cepsa coordinate and load both barges according to the different ETA’s in order to ensure swift attendance. Both attend under the rule of “first come, first served” with the exception of passenger vessels which take priority.
Spabunker Veintiuno XXI and Spabunker Veintidos XXII are bunker barges that are sister ships of 82 metres LOA and beam of 16 metres. They has a maximum loading capacity of 3.800mts of Heavy Fuel and 620mts of MGO. Their delivery rate is of 450mts/hr for HFO and 150mts/hr for MGO. Spabunker Veintidos XXII is also equipped with luboil storage facilities for delivery of luboil whilst suppling bunkers. Maximum luboil carriage capability is 40 by 1.000 litres minicubes per trip with a pumping rate of 15.000 litres per hour.
B) AEGEAN MARINE SERVICES
Aegean also coordiante three large capacity bunker barges: Mykonos, Sikinos and Santorini which are loaded and attend according to the vessels ETA’s in minimize delays. They are sister ships; small tankers adapted to port bunker services of 90.22 metres LOA and beam of 15.6 metres. They have each a total loading capacity of 4.700mt and their delivery rate is of 500mts/hr.