The next time you go shopping in Europe there is a good chance that your purchases spent a couple of days in the Canary Islands on their way from factory to shop. Ships from Africa, Europe and the Americas stop here and drop off cargo that is then reloaded onto other ships and taken to its destination. The Canary Islands have been the Atlantic link between three continents for 500 years and it is fantastic to see that we still are.
Canary Content were privileged this week to get a guided tour of the largest container operation in the Las Palmas port. OPCSA is a private company that handles containers from 74 ports in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Ships arrive every day, some carrying over 15,000 containers, unload and reload, stock up on provisions, and head back out out to sea.
|OPCSA dock from Alcaravaneras Beach|
It's a seamless operation and hugely impressive. We watched one huge ship leave just five minutes after OPCSA finished loading containers onto its colossal deck. Before the next one docks the logistics guys at OPCSA already know where every container it carries is going to go.
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