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 important 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, and with an average of at least 240 million gross tonnes of vessel calls per year this is clearly the case.
Gibraltar is a bustling commercial centre and with approximately 60,000 vessels transiting the Strait of Gibraltar each year, the Rock has developed into 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.