The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) has designated 1 July of each year as World Marine Aids to Navigation Day.
This March, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) will begin demolition work on the old navy commissary at the port of Palma, located on the Old Harbour, so that the Oceanographic Centre of the Balearic Islands (COB), which belongs to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), can build its new headquarters on this site. The demolition works have been awarded to the company Construcciones y desmontes Ribera Navarra, S.A. for the sum of EUR 272,431.18 (VAT included) and will take place over approximately 4 months, directly employing a total of 5 people.
Once the 9 buildings making up this old commissary have been knocked down, the APB will hand the space over to the COB so it can build its new headquarters, as stipulated under the agreement on the creation of an innovative marine science and technology hub at the Old Harbour of Palma. It should be remembered that this agreement was signed last May with the Vice-President of the Government and the General Secretariat of Science and Innovation of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Competitiveness. The aim of this agreement is to open the port of Palma to science and citizens, creating a meeting place for collaboration between different institutions and public and private entities. The objective is therefore to promote and develop research, technological development and innovation activities in the marine and maritime sectors, placing emphasis on thematic areas of strategic interest for the Balearic Islands, such as marine sciences and suitable management of the marine environment and the coast.