The Port of Ceuta receives the call of a new cruise today Wednesday, October 26th.

‘Hebridean Sky’, a cruise belonging to the exclusive “Noble Caledonia” shipping company, is for the first time in Ceuta.

With nearly 200 people on board between North American and European cruise passengers, it is a boutique cruise ship and a luxury shipping company specialized in expedition cruises to unique destinations.

The ‘Hebridean Sky’ is a veteran of the seas that alternates the cold polar routes with the warm destinations typical of the Mediterranean ports. Its hull is equipped with special protection and reinforcement to deal with the ice that is usually present on the polar routes it carries out.

The Port of Ceuta receives today, 26th October. The ‘Hebridean Sky’ will arrive in Ceuta around 7:30 a.m. from the port of Malaga, departing for the port of Gibraltar at 12:00 p.m. The ship, belonging to the exclusive company Noble Caledonia, is for the first time in Ceuta, thanks to the work carried out by the Commercial and Marketing Office, together with Tourist Services of Ceuta in all the events of the cruise sector.

The ‘Hebridean Sky’, which has 4,200 GT, a length of 91 metres and a draught of 5.15 metres, carries approximately 200 people on board, of which 120 are cruise passengers from America and Europe and around 70 crew members from several countries.

It is a boutique cruise and a luxury shipping company that calls in places that are considered special for the clients, in a more private environment, far from the usual mega-cruises that are so popular in the sector. In this way, it can offer destinations not accessible to large ships, such as natural ports, adventure trips, as well as more special locations.

The cruise ship will berth at the Muelle España (east side) for approximately 5 hours. The passengers will be able to take, in collaboration with Ceuta Tourist Services, the different routes they have established both by bus and on foot to get to know the city. At 12:00 in the morning it will leave our port for Gibraltar.

Navantia, EOLOS & Co Test Multi-Tech O&M Solution for Offshore Wind.

Spanish companies Navantia, EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions, and Alerion, together with the University of Seville, have completed pilot and demonstration tests of an unmanned vehicle platform paired with data acquisition systems and drone technology in the Port of Ceuta as part of a project developing a new solution for the inspection of offshore wind farm structures.

Navantia’s Unmanned Service Vehicle (USV) Vendaval, which has been operating in the Port of Ceuta since 2019, has been combined with advanced data acquisition systems operated by EOLOS, autonomous drone technology developed by the University of Seville, and a specialised industrial drone for wind turbine inspection provided by Alerion.

The tests, which are part of an exclusive agreement signed between Navantia and EOLOS in September 2021, have confirmed the proper operation and performance in real environment conditions of autonomous unmanned vessels working jointly and collaboratively with LiDAR and metoceanic sensors in combination with autonomous drones, according to a press release issued by EOLOS and Navantia on 24 January.

The cruise ‘Amadea’ calls in Ceuta next Sunday.

The cruise ship, which belongs to the shipping company “Phoenix Reisen”, with 300 passengers on board, will be in Ceuta this Sunday, 26th December, from 07:00am to 14:00pm.

Around 600 people, mostly Germans, including tourists and crew, will be able to do sightseeing in our city.

The Port Authority of Ceuta informs of the arrival this Sunday, December 26, of the cruise ship ‘Amadea’ which, consigned by the Pérez & Cia company, will be docked between 07:00 and 14:00 in Ceuta. The cruise ship will arrive in Ceuta from the port of Málaga and will depart for the port of Lisbon.

In the same line, this cruise is the fourth the Port of Ceuta has received this year since the calls were resumed, after more than 16 months. However, the Port Authority of Ceuta received three calls from the cruise ship ‘Clio’ on 28th September and on 10th and 18th October.

The ship ‘Amadea’, with 192.82 m length and 7.1 m draft,has already called in Ceuta in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2019, as well as other ships of the same shipping company, Phoenix Reisen.


About 600 people on board between passengers and crew.

The ship ‘Amadea’ has 300 passengers on board, most of them from Germany and 280 crew members of several nationalities who will have the option to do sightseeing in our city of Ceuta and do shopping during the time they stay in Ceuta. Tourists will be able to get off the cruise independently, since there will be no bubble excursions. The must respect, at all times, current sanitary regulations. All passengers and crew are fully vaccinated (Covid passport).

The cruise ship ‘Amadea’ will go to the Port of Lisbon on the same day of departure from Ceuta. With the arrival of this cruise ship, good news is confirmed for the port, as the cruises continue to call in our port recovering the normal pace of this traffic. It is also the positive result of the commercial efforts the Port Authority has been carrying out together with the Tourist Services of Ceuta, with our presence in international forums as well as the investments carried out in our port to support this kind of tourism.

Bunkering operations – Port of Ceuta.

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Two tankers have discharged very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) cargoes totalling 66,000 tonnes this month at the Port of Ceuta to be used for the local bunker market.

On 6 November, the 176-metre-long Bixbite unloaded 33,000 tonnes of VLSFO over the course of 72 hours.

The fuel oil was supplied to Vilma (23,000 tonnes) and Cepsa (10,000 tonnes) for storage in Ducar’s storage tanks at the port.

On Tuesday (23 November) the Sti Brigxtgon discharged another 33,000 tonne VLSFO cargo, also to Vilma (23,000 tonnes) and Cepsa (10,000 tonnes). The discharge process lasted until the early hours of Thursday (25 November).

The fuel will be supplied by barge to ships in the Port of Ceuta, both at berth and to vessels at anchor in the bay.

‘These operations, which during this month of November have meant the arrival of a greater quantity of product for supply to ships, is of great importance for Ceuta, since it is another step towards the consolidation of our city as a reference destination for the bunkering in the Strait,’ the Port of Ceuta said.

‘A strategy that the Port Authority continues to maintain to promote a stable line of business at a time of great difficulties for the maritime sector, caused mainly by the consequences derived from the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Source of information: BUNKERSPOT. 

Ceuta receives its first cruise after the pandemic.

The cruise, which belongs to the shipping company “Grand Circle Cruise Line” and consigned by Salama y Cía., will be in Ceuta next Tuesday, 28th September from 7:30 a.m. to 23:30 p.m. It is a vessel with a length of 100 metres and a draft of 3.2 metres.

Around 160 people, including tourists and crew of different nationalities, will be able to visit the city and its surroundings.

The Port Authority of Ceuta informs of the arrival on Tuesday, 28th September 2021, of the cruise “Clio” which, consigned by the company Salama y Cía., will be berthed from 07:30 pm to 23:30 pm in the Muelle España (east side). The cruise will arrive in Ceuta from the port of Seville and it will depart for the port of Gibraltar.

This cruise, smaller than those that usually berth in our port, is the first to arrive in Ceuta after more than 16 months of interruption in the transit of cruises due to the pandemic. This is the first of the three calls planned by Grand Circle Line in Ceuta. There are three other calls planned for other shipping companies up to the end of the year.

The cruise ship ‘Clio’, with a length of 100 m and a draft of 3.2 m, is small in size, although it is significant that it adds two more calls in the port of Ceuta this year, on 10th and 18th October.

About 150 people on board between passengers and crew

The ship ‘Clío’ has a capacity for 100 tourists, most of them Portuguese and Americans, and around 50 crew members of different nationalities, who will have the option of taking some of the usual tourist tours in Ceuta and they can go shopping during the stay in the city. From 08:30 in the morning, tourists will be able to get off the cruise ship, either independently or to take part in excursions organised by Tourist Services, which will not have the usual information point following the rules against COVID-19.

Preventive measures against Covid force this cruise ship to have only 70% of its capacity. It is for this same reason that, although they leave our city at 23:30 p.m., cruise passengers must be back on the cruise at 9:00 p.m. maximum.

This ship has the following itinerary, since it left Portimao (Portugal), on 24th September, calling in Seville, Ceuta, Gibraltar, Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia and Barcelona, ​​where the ‘Clio’ voyage ends on 3rd October, when it makes the return voyage, so it will visit our port again on 10th October.

Plaque delivery

As usual, being the first cruise ship visit, a commemorative plaque will be given to the cruise captain, a brief meeting at the pier, respecting all the preventive measures against COVID in outdoor spaces.

With the arrival of this new cruise ship, good news is confirmed for the port, as the cruise ships are beginning to resume part of their normality by making calls, as evidenced by the arrival of the ‘Clio’, a normality that other ports such as Malaga or Barcelone are already taking. With the arrival of this new cruise, the positive result of the commercial efforts that the Port Authority has been carrying out during these last years is confirmed, both in the international forums and in the participation in associations for the promotion of these traffics, and all this completes the number of calls and visitors for the benefit of the tourist and economic sector of the city.

Features of the cruise “CLIO”

Company:  Grand Circle Cruise Line.

Ship agent: Salama. -. (telf. 956 519688)

Date of the arrival: 28th September 2021

ETA: 07:30 am.

ETD: 23:30 pm.

Berth place: Muelle España (east side)

Flag: Malta        Port of registry: La Valeta

Previous port of call: Sevilla

Destination: Gibraltar

Tonnage: 3504 GT

Length: 100 m  Draft: 3,2 m

Passengers: 100. Portuguese and American.

Crew: 45 aprox. Different nationalities.


Eleven ports have submitted a project for the ESPO Award 2021. Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes (France), Hamburg Port Authority (Germany), Piraeus Port Authority (Greece), Dublin Port Company (Ireland), Port Network Authority of the Northern Central Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy), Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea – Port of Taranto (Italy), Port of Gdansk (Poland), Port Authority of Ceuta (Spain), Port Authority of Valencia (Spain), Port Authority of Vigo (Spain), and Ports of Stockholm (Sweden) (in alphabetical order by country), are all in the running for this year’s Award.

The theme of this 13th edition of the ESPO Award is “Role of ports in the recovery of the city and the local community”. The ESPO Award 2021 will go to the port managing body that succeeds best in playing a role in the recovery from the current crisis and in contributing to enhancing the prosperity of the city, local community and region. The winning port will demonstrate to what extent its focus and activities are essential for the recovery of the surrounding city and local community and which successful steps it is taking to assist in the social, cultural and economic recovery and prosperity of the city, local community and region.

ESPO members could send their applications until Thursday 1 July. The ESPO Award winning port will be selected by an independent jury of international experts, under the Chairmanship of Dimitrios Theologitis, former Head of Unit of Ports and Inland Navigation in DG MOVE at the European Commission. The winner will be announced at the ESPO Award Ceremony and Dinner taking place on 9 November in Brussels.


About the ESPO Award

The ESPO Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve social integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award aims to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.

Previous winners of the Award are the Port of Gijón (2009), the Port of Helsinki (2010), the Ports of Stockholm (2011), the Port of Genoa (2012), the Port of Antwerp (2013), the Port of Koper (2014), Port of Dublin (2015), BremenPorts (2016), Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes (2017), Port of Rotterdam (2018), Port of Dover (2019), and Algeciras Port Authority (2020).

The Port of Ceuta reopens the city to cruise tourism.

The Port of Ceuta established a joint health protocol together with the Government of the Autonomous City for cabotage cruises with port of calls in Ceuta.

Ceuta continues with the processes to reactivate cruise tourism in the city. The Governing Council approved the health protocols established jointly with the Port Authority for cruises from other national ports. This is the first step for the reopening of the Autonomous City to the cruise market, which will allow the ship calls following all the indications to protect passengers and citizens against COVID-19.

The action protocol approved by the Government determines the way in which the crew and cruise passengers will make the calls and it also establishes the requirements to guarantee health security inside and outside the ship. The measures will only be valid for ships coming from other national territory, since the restrictions imposed by the Directorate General of the Merchant Marine that prohibit the entry of international cruise ships will continue in force. In the same line, passenger ships with an exclusively national itinerary that start, end or make calls at the port of Ceuta must follow the prevention and control procedures specified by the City to minimize the risk of transmission of the SARSCoV-2 virus.

According to this new framework, the crew must present three negative PCR tests before boarding and respect a period of preventive isolation. Besides, cruise passengers must have a negative PCR to be able to board and will attend a talk on the ship in which the prevention measures and the protocols that must be followed on board will be explained.

In addition to this, the ships will have laboratories enabled to carry out tests on crew members and cruise passengers who will also have a medical insurance policy that guarantees hospitalization if it was necessary during the itinerary.

Likewise, the capacity will be reduced to 60-70% of the total, reserving cabins for preventive isolation of any of the passengers. Furthermore, meals cannot be a buffet, but will be served directly at the table. Outside the ship, controlled excursions can be made in the cities where there is a port of call, maintaining the distribution and the formation of “bubble groups”.

All the measures adopted follow those published by the “Junta de Andalucía” with the aim of establishing a common framework regarding health protocols in the area. With this step, Ceuta joins other cities that have already begun the procedures to open their ports to national cruise routes.

The Port Authority of Ceuta organizes a conference to present a study based on the tax advantages that Ceuta offers to bunker operators.

To explain this analysis, the entity counted on the presence of Alberto García Valera, manager of “Ernest and Young” in Andalusia and Extremadura.

The president of the Port Authority, Juan Manuel Doncel; highlighted the importance of planning joint actions between the different local operators so as to promote Ceuta as an attractive destination for bunkering operations.

The Port Authority of Ceuta organized a conference yesterday morning to present the study and analysis of the competitive advantages regarding bunkering activity taxes in the Port.

In order to explain this analysis, Alberto García Valera, as an associate of the aforementioned company “EY Spain” and former Minister of Finance, Industry and Energy of the Junta de Andalucía, offered the results on how the supply of fuel is essential to foster the economy of a city, for which the use of local resources is very important, highlighting the fundamental role of fuel supply for the economy of the autonomous city. The event was held in the main hall of the Tourism School, with limited capacity, and had a total duration of two hours, in which, in addition to the planned presentation, the debate among the attendees was very interesting.

The meeting began with a presentation of the port reality of Ceuta, carried out by the president of the Port, Juan Manuel Doncel. During this time, he talked about some of the competitive advantages Ceuta has compared to the surrounding ports. He also dealt with the importance of taking advantage of the benefits of the territory, such as its privileged situation or the consolidated experience in passenger, freight, traffic, and bunkering.

During his presentation, the president stated that bunkering is a tool that boosts the economy of Ceuta directly and also indirectly through other services thanks to the attraction of new companies to the city. He also highlighted that Ceuta is one of the main Spanish ports in terms of bunker traffic, constituting one of the main business lines of the local body and being one of the reference supply points in the Mediterranean. Its privileged geographical location, in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar, through which more than 100,000 ships cross every year, provides Ceuta with a huge potential market.

For this reason, the president of the Port Authority of Ceuta explained that nowadays, regarding the plans of the entity, there are two lines of business which are a priority. On one hand, with regard to internal trade,we will continue with the Port-City integration, which is a project that began jointly with the Government several months ago. And, on the other hand, within foreign trade, the Port will continue to invest in the promotion of bunkering, as well as in strengthening new services and analyzing opportunities that benefit all the agents involved in the port community.

With this general image, Doncel gave way to the presentation of a study that was created to boost activity in the area of influence of the Port of Ceuta, to attract new investment and to plan joint actions between the operators and the Port Authority. A very important report because of the geostrategic location of Ceuta and its special tax regime to promote bunkering in the territory.

Apart from that, García Varela highlighted that Ceuta has the capacity, the infrastructures and the companies prepared for the supply and storage of fuel. For this reason, for the former politician it is necessary that all the operators have an impact on the benefits and strengths of the city, with special detail on the tax advantages that other sectors took advantage of, such as online gambling. In addition to this, he insisted on the need to trust in the local virtues and in the great possibilities of Ceuta within the bunkering sector.

These opportunities extracted from the study were compared with those of nearby ports. With all this, some of the business lines that Ceuta can currently take advantage of compared to other cities in the Strait were taken into account, such as offering Ceuta to those companies that operated from Gibraltar and that, due to Brexit, will be left soon if they want to continue trading within the European Union.

The event ended with a round of questions in which the representatives of the different operators were able to present their suggestions to the speakers. Among the attendees, the Port Authority wanted to invite representatives of the Confederation of Employers, Chamber of Commerce, Procesa, different ship agents, mooring services, waste collection, and especially the storage companies and fuel suppliers in the Port of Ceuta such as Dúcar, Vilma and Cepsa.

The high participation, despite the limited capacity due to sanitary restrictions, allowed conversations and discussions on the concerns of the different agents and on short and long-term solutions. Furthermore, the representatives of Cepsa and Vilma took advantage of this moment to ensure that their interest in continuing to work in Ceuta is maintained and they hope to increase their business figures in the future.

The Port of Ceuta considered this day a success, since it allowed to talk to different operators and the first steps were taken so as to advance together in the search for commercial opportunities in Ceuta.

Within the promotional plans, the Port also committed to carrying out a market analysis to study the possibility for the setting up of some new operators, seeking ways of collaboration with those already working today. Besides, if the sanitary situation allows it, it is planned to organize a conference on Ceuta during the next celebration of the IP Week (International Oil Week), taking advantage of the annual meeting organized by IBIA in London.

The port assures that it will continue working in this regard, fostering conversations so that members of the port community benefit from the suggestions and proposals and they move in the same direction.