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.
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has awarded the works for the Botafoc Harbour Station, at the Port of Ibiza, to the temporary consortium Comsa-MB, with a budget of €16,330,960.06. The works will commence in May and are scheduled to last 18 months.
The new building, which seeks to recreate traditional Ibiza architecture using straight lines, the colour white and reddish sandstone, will provide all the necessary services so as to satisfy the needs of passengers, with compliance of safety and accessibility measures its top priority. It will offer its users extensive waiting room areas, as well as separate boarding and disembarkation areas, and all the amenities needed to ensure that passengers receive the comfort sought, in addition to being able to simultaneously provide service to up to six ships.
With regard to the characteristics of the new harbour station, it will be located between the North and South piers of Botafoc, approximately 30 metres from the sea. It will have a built-up surface area of 6,580 metres, which includes two floors and the mezzanine. The ground floor will house the pre-boarding services and security controls, while the offices will be located in the mezzanine. The top floor will consist of a walkable roof providing access to the boarding walkways.
The final project for the new harbour station emanates from the project that won an ideas competition, the jury of which comprised the Ibiza City Council, the Balearic Islands Business Association of Entrepreneurs engaged in Maritime Activities (APEAM), the Association of Architects, the Civil Engineering Association of the Balearic Islands, and the APB. Finally, the project that was put out to tender by the APB received the approval of the Town Planning Department of the Ibiza City Council.
This infrastructure completes the objective established in the Infrastructure Master Plan of the Port of Ibiza, which sets forth the transfer of the city’s most disruptive port operations to the Botafoc docks, namely the boarding and disembarkation of cargo and regular passenger traffic, and in this manner ease congestion at the Levante dock, today the Marine promenade.