Gibraltar Port Authority

Address : North Mole

Gibraltar, GX11 1AA
Phone : +35020046254
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The strategic location of Gibraltar explains why, for centuries, the Rock has been used as a naval fortress and why so many battles have been fought over this tiny peninsula at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.

Today, this same quirk of geography has allowed Gibraltar to become a Maritime Centre of Excellence. Located at a crossroads of Mediterranean and Atlantic shipping lanes, Gibraltar is ideally placed to provide a wide range of services to vessels of all sizes and types.

Gibraltar is a bustling commercial centre. With over 71,000 vessels transiting the Strait of Gibraltar each year, the Rock has become a major bunkering port – the largest in the Mediterranean – and offers a wide range of other shipping services. The local airport is just a few minutes from the harbour, from where there are several daily flights to various destinations in the UK and experienced agents are on hand to obtain spare parts, supply provisions and effect crew changes.

The Port Authority

Established in 2005, the Gibraltar Port Authority's strategy is to build on Gibraltar's unique geographical position and fiscal status and provide a vital link between all stakeholders to ensure a cohesive strategy aimed at achieving common goals in developing and improving the competitiveness and safe operation of the Port of Gibraltar.

All operational matters including navigational safety and the smooth running of the Port are overseen by The Captain of the Port. 

The Port Authority's main functions are:

Monitoring and control of all vessel movements for BGTW in support of port operations and navigational safety;

Provision and monitoring of port security including provision of security controls within restricted and controlled zones;

The licensing of Port operations;

Search and Rescue in BGTW;

Pollution prevention and response;

Monitoring and control of shiptoship and bunkering operations within BGTW.