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The Gibraltar Port: Gateway to Opportunities

5 May 2023

Nestled at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the Gibraltar Port is a bustling hub for global maritime trade. Boasting a strategic location at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea, the port has long been a key player in the shipping and maritime industry. The Gibraltar Port’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and modern facilities cater to a wide range of vessels, including container ships, tankers, and cruise liners. The port features deep water berths, a well-maintained harbour, and an extensive network of shipping services to meet the diverse needs of its clients.

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Port Facilities

As one of the Mediterranean’s leading bunkering ports, the Rock offers competitive prices and efficient refuelling services, whilst the dry docks are well-equipped to handle all types of ship repairs and maintenance, which guarantees that vessels calling at the port receive the highest level of service and care. For the tourist industry, Gibraltar’s cruise terminal is a popular stop for cruise ships sailing through the Mediterranean. Offering excellent facilities for passengers, such as a modern terminal building with shopping and dining options, and easy access to the historic attractions of Gibraltar.

Influenced by its environment, the Gibraltar University has found a niche in supporting the maritime industry with education and training, offering a wide range of courses and career paths tailored to the sector including maritime law, marine engineering, and environmental management. The university attracts students locally and from around the world with both an academic and practical approach only available from the unique geographical location of the Rock.

A Strategic Location

But what makes the Gibraltar Port so special? A strategic position at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean offers an ideal location for maritime businesses. This prime spot enables shipping companies to easily access markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and there-on to the rest of the Globe.

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Gibraltar has a long history of fostering a pro-business climate with low corporate tax rates, robust legal framework, and skilled workforce that make it an attractive destination for companies looking to grow and expand their operations. The Rock is also well known for its efficient and streamlined customs processes, ensuring that cargo moves quickly through the port, reducing delays and saving businesses valuable time and money. Coupled with a diverse range of maritime businesses, from ship management and insurance providers to legal and financial services.

Maritime Week Gibraltar 2023

For companies interested in developing their maritime business on the Rock, HM Government of Gibraltar together with the Gibraltar Port Authority, Gibraltar Maritime Administration, and the University of Gibraltar Maritime Academy, host the biennial Maritime Week Gibraltar. This third edition kicks off on the 26 June 2023 with an open reception, followed by a flagship conference highlighting key international maritime issues and showcasing one of the most efficient, secure, and professionally managed ports in the world. Full information on the conference can be found on the organiser’s website.

Local Accommodation

With easy access from mainland Spain and direct flights from the UK, Gibraltar has also become a favourite port for crew-changes. Gibraltar has a great selection of hotels and accommodation for employees passing through on their way to join ship. Conveniently located close to the North Mole port entrance in the heart of Gibraltar’s business district, you’ll find the Bentley Holiday Apartments of WestOne and EuroCity in a first-class location with a choice of self-catering apartments to suit the individual guest. Also in close proximity you’ll find the two main marinas (Ocean Village and Queensway Quay) with the old town and bustling Main Street only a couple of minutes’ walk away too.

If you’re visiting Gibraltar for business or pleasure, discover our conveniently located short-stay apartments in Gibraltar.