The Port of Bilbao includes clearly separated sections which are distinct from one another:
All within the River Nervion estuary;
Santurce wharves off the river mouth.
The Oil Harbour in the W part of the outer harbour.
New Terminal: Muelle Ampliación 1, 747.o m in length and draft of 21.0 m. Muelle Ampliación 2, 780.0 m in length and draft of 20.0 m.
New solid bulk terminal - 800 m length and 21 m draft
Ro/Ro - 900 m length and 25 m. draft with 2 ro/ro ramps
New covered berth - 355 m length and 12 m draft
LNG Terminal, for vessels between 65,000 and 145,000 cbm. Used for discharging.
Max. length: 300.0 m.
Max. beam: 50.0 m.
Max. draft: 18.0 m.
Max. DWT: 115,000 mt.
The Outer Harbour inside Santurce breakwater has at the NE end a private quay of 275.0 m in length with 14.5 m depth and an adjacent esplanade for bulk and dry cargoes, mainly steel products, coal and scrap.
The basin between Espigon No. 1 (Princesa de Espana Quay) and Espignon No. 2 North (Principe de Asturias Quay), has
three (3) quays of 14.0 m depth and 500.0 m in length for bulk (ore and coal), 275.0 m in length for bulks and silo and 645.0 m in length for containers.
The basin between Espigon No. 2 South (Principe de Asturias) and Reina Victoria Quay with depths of 10.5-14.0 m and length of 964.0 m and 634.0 m are destined to general cargo, containers and Ro/Ro vessels.
Three (3) new berths with 12.0/14.0 m depth and lengths of 678.0 m, 240.0 m and 220.0 m - named Muelle Vizcaya, with adjacent esplanade for multi-purpose use including liquid chemicals, entered into service in 1988 with two (2) Ro/Ro terminals,
The Fishing Harbour with about 1,200 m quayage has depths of 7.0-3.0 m and a shipyard.
The Oil Harbour provides the following berths:
Berth no. 1 for tankers up to 500,000 DWT at a wharf with 160.0 m berthing face, two (2) fenders of 6.0 x 9.0 m, 135.0 m apart and 31.0 m (102') depth alongside.
Berth no. 2 for tankers up to 150,000 DWT at a wharf with 100.0 m berthing face, two (2) fenders of 6.0 x 9.0 m, 80.0 m apart and 19.5 m (64') depth alongside.
Berth no. 3 for tankers up to about 40,000 DWT, at a T-headed pier at the root of the breakwater, has a depth of 17.0 m (56') alongside.
Berth no. 4, at the W side of the finger jetty, has a depth alongside of 16.0 m (52'06").
Berth no. 5, at the E side of the finger jetty, has a depth alongside of 13.0 m (43').
Berth no. 6, near the root at the W side of the jetty, has approximately 10.0 m (33') depth alongside.
Berths No. 3-6 are fitted with V-shaped rubber fenders.
Punta Ceballos berth: North and South Mooring Possibilities.
Berths No. 1 and 2 are equipped with a radar/sonar berthing system connected to an information panel placed on the wharf so as to be easily visible from the berthing vessel, but reported out of order at present.
Large tankers must provide a minimum of sixteen (16) mooring lines. Wires are accepted on the quick-release hooks, but wires leading to bollards on the breakwater must be fitted with eyes of manila, synthetic fibres or similar with a breaking load of not less than that of the wire itself.