Port of Santander



The origins of port activity in Santander date back more than 2,000 years. Throughout this period, the sea and the port have became one of the fundamental symbols of progress in a community that, through fishing, defence, naval construction, maritime trade and nautical sports, has been constantly present on the international stage, gaining relevant experience with which to take on the challenges of the new century.



LOCATION                                       WIND CONDITIONS

Latitude:         43° 27' N                   Prevailing        W. & NW

Longitude:     3° 48' W                     Dominant        NW. & SSW


Max. Tide Range      5,431 m


Orientation             E - W                 Orientation           East of the Island of Mouro

Width                      1,50 m               Width                    1.700 m

Depth at LLW        11,50 m             Depth at LLW      18 m

Length                     600 m                Max. current         0,29 knots



Its current facilities, together with the infrastructures expected to be developed in this area, comprise a modern, commercial port, not only because of the length and depth of the quays, but also because there are large areas available where goods can be handled and stored, its ability to take on complex logistical and distribution work and its direct links with the road system.



As well as Cantabria and the bordering areas of Asturias and the Basque Country, the northern provinces of Castilla y León have historically been at the centre of the Port of Santander’s hinterland. As a result of improved links with the Meseta or plateau area, due mainly to the toll free motorway and the Port of Santander’s excellent position for reducing distances and costs, areas such as Madrid or the Ebro Valley are finding more competitive distribution solutions for the goods produced by their industries. Initiatives such as the dry ports in Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara) and Luceni, Santander Ebro, which provide greater coverage of Spain, are in line with this new stance.



The Port of Santander’s Atlantic leaning is unquestionable and trade indices with countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany in the EU and South American countries such as Argentina, Venezuela or Brazil, as well as the U.S.A. demonstrate this. Because of its privileged position, Santander also has commercial links with different countries such as the Baltic States, Russia, South Africa, China and Japan. Alongside the development of the future Maritime Superhighways that connect different European regions, Santander’s development of this Atlantic leaning has enabled it to become a more global port.





Susana Rubio- Susana@puertosantander.com