Las Palmas port ‘La Luz’ became known as a conveniently located provisioning port back in 1492 when Christopher Columbus used it as a base for supplies prior to embarking on his Atlantic adventures. Since then, the port has been growing and bettering itself and the services available continually. This is endorsed by the fact that the port is today considered one of the leading ports in Spain in terms of traffic volumes and in particular for the quantities of bunker products supplied. In fact, the port is regarded by many shipping companies as “the Mid-Atlantic Service Station”. This reputation is a result of the excellent quality of products available and backed up by an incomparable array of other services available. Las Palmas port boasts approximately 14km’s of berthing space divided amongst its various Quays and is accessible by a 500mt wide entrance of 30metre depth.
Pilot approaching point: All vessles approaching Las Palmas port have the following Latitude & Longitude coordinates as an approaching point to receive Pilot for port entry N 28º07’ – W 15º23’.
Charts: The Port of Las Palmas is detailed within BA Chart 1856, 1869 and 1870.
ISPS: Las Palmas port has up until the present date always operated at security level MARSEC 1. The PFSO is Mr. Humberto Negrín, available on phone +34928214444 and fax +34928467760. However, any emergency or request whilst vessel is in port should be conducted via “Las Palmas port Control” on VHF CH.12.
Courtesy Flag: The Canary Islands belong to Spain so the courtesy flag to use at Las Palmas is the Spanish flag.
Local Time: The Canary Islands have one hour less than in mainland Spain, the Local Time therefore is the same as in UK. In summer, between March and October the local time is GMT+1hr, and in winter, between October and March the local time is GMT.
Weather: The prevailing winds are generally Northeast, Northly and North-westerly throughout the year. However between November and March Southwest and South-easterly winds occasionally appear. Temperatures vary between 18ºC and 25ºC all year round.
Local Currency: The local Currency unit is the Euro.
Airport: Las Palmas airport is located 25km south of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and to which a large number of International flight operators arrive on an almost daily basis.
Accommodation: Close to the port there are numerous hotels of 3, 4 and 5 stars category.