The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has put the extension works of the Ses Figuerasses dock at the Port of Mahon out to tender.
This morning, a landing operation of amphibious aeroplanes, used to fight forest fires, was launched as part of an exercise at the Port of Palma. It was part of an activity for using water at the Port of Palma in landing operations, which are only launched on exceptional occasions, such as when the planes cannot collect water from any other coastline of Mallorca.
The landing activity at the Port of Palma entails precautionary measures so that when the water collection operations of the amphibious planes are launched, the safety of ships, users of sport vessel facilities and sailing clubs at the Port of Palma, as well as of the Fishermen's Guild, can be guaranteed.
This morning's exercise was carried out under real conditions with the Canadair CL-415 plane of the Ministry of the Environment (MAPAMA). The plane is based at Pollença and has a maximum capacity of 5500 litres of water.
Other participants in the exercise included the relevant parties from the General State Administration (AGE) and from the government of the Balearic Islands, including the Directorate-general of Emergencies and Internal Affairs-SEIB112, the Balearic Island Nature Institute (IBANAT) and the Civil Guard, along with those who practice at the Port of Palma, including the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club de Mar, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, Maritime Authority and the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB).
These exercises highlight how important the collaboration is of all the parties involved –not just public authorities, but also private companies and vessel users– in landing operations, so as to ensure that forest fires are put out as soon as possible.