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CAPSA celebrates 50 years as leader in container sector in the Canaries
Compañia Auxiliar handled 268,000 TEUs last year in the Port of Tenerife
Technological innovation and commitment to quality for half a century between Africa and Europe
This past April CAPSA (Compañía Auxiliar del Puerto, SA), the leading container logistics company at the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The company, part of Grup Maritim TCB since 1999, has gradually improved its operational capacity thanks to experience and innovation. In 2012 it handled 268,000 TEUs, up by more than 70% compared to 2001. Moreover, the company last year has handled 90% of all containers at the port.
CAPSA began operations in April 1963, offering equipment renting services to ship agents which were shareholders in the company. During the 1980s, it began operating the Naviera Pinillos’ container ships with the American mobile crane. In 1988 the El Dique del Este Terminal was assigned to CAPSA, and the company began working with its first container crane, the Tango. During the next decade three Paceco cranes were incorporated.
The first Terminal in the El Bufadero Wharf was added to CAPSA in 1993, and in 1999, when the company already managed all the terminals on that Quay, it was merged into a single concession. During this time, La Palma terminal was developed to meet the transport needs of general cargo and container operators with the Iberian Peninsula.
“Technological innovation and commitment to quality has always been the backbone of CAPSA. Nowadays, you see this reflected throughout our terminals, which feature modern equipment to provide import and export companies efficient services that are perfectly suited to their needs,” says Manuel Casais, Managing Director of CAPSA.
Between the terminals in Tenerife and Las Palmas, CAPSA has Panamax, Post-Panamax and Super Post-Panamax cranes, ten RTGs and seven Reachstackers. In addition, its advanced terminal management software and certificates of quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001) and OHSAS (18001) guarantee the excellence of its operational capacity, which is currently about 425,000 TEUs. Over the years, it has become a major entrance and exit for cargo from Europe, Africa and America.
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