A team of researchers from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB) have developed a study on the biodiversity on the sea bed in the port and the bay of Palma.
According to traffic statistics from the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), the quantity of goods passing through the Balearic Islands´ General Interest Ports amounted to 16.2 million tons during the financial year 2018. That´s an 800,000 ton growth since 2017, or in other words, 5% more than the previous year.
All 5 ports of general interest have experienced increases in volume of goods, save the Port of La Savina, where volume has decreased by 3%. The total volume of goods then has increased by 7% in the Port of Palma, 6% in the Port of Mahon, 5% in the Port of Alcudia and 2% in the Port of Ibiza.
In total, more than 13 million tons of general merchandise (consumer goods) were registered as having passed through the ports (+7%) in 2018, corresponding to 8,571,247 in the Port of Palma (+6%), 2,709,468 in the Port of Ibiza (+4%), 1,076,925 in the Port of Alcudia (+30%), 461,584 in the Port of Mahon (+6%) and 247,671 in the Port of La Savina (-5%).
In terms of liquid bulk (basically, combustibles), the Balearics are, overall, seeing a total growth of 9%, increasing in the Ports of Palma (18%), Mahon (9%) and Alcudia (2%), while decreasing in Ibiza (-21%).
Solid bulks (carbon, grains, salt, construction materials, etc.) have fallen by 12% in total, increasing in the Port of La Savina (+33%) and decreasing in the others: Palma (-22%), Mahon (-12%), Alcudia (-11%) and Ibiza (-7%).
Growth in number of passengers in Alcudia
Lastly, if we analyse the number of passengers to the 5 ports, in 2018 that figure was 8.9 million, 8% more than in 2017. Of that 8.9 million, 6.5 corresponds to regular transport lines and 2.4 to cruise ships. All ports operated by the APB have seen a growth in number of passengers, all except the Port of Mahon, where that number decreased by 11%.
This highlights the notable growth of passengers to the Port of Alcudia, with 32% coinciding with the launch of the new regular route connecting Alcudia and Toulon, France. Palma has also registered a major 17% growth, while in the ports of the Pityusic Islands, growth has been more moderate (4% in La Savina and 2% in Ibiza).