Ships transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, but not wishing to come off charter or leave international waters, can take advantage of the significant off-port limit operations undertaken by local companies. These services include receiving stores, spares, provisions and even a change of crew while still offshore, thus avoiding the time and costs of calling into Port.
For crew changes the immigration formalities are strict, but with a minimum of fuss to help make crew changes as fast and efficient as possible. Personnel joining ships do not require visas and can board or leave vessels at one of the designated off-port-limits areas - a key consideration for ship managers.
Crew or spare parts can be transferred quickly through the nearby Gibraltar Airport located just a few minutes from the Port, with daily flights to and from various UK destinations.