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 installed a new drainage system for rain water in the boatyard and a new drainage system for waste water in the Cos Nou docks of the Port of Mahon. The aim of these is to prevent pollution of the environment due to contaminants being washed away by water.
In the boatyard (Colarsega area), the APB has an esplanade of about 17,500 square metres, dedicated to winter storing and repair of recreational vessels, where different work with paints, oils and solvents, among other products, is carried out. To prevent these products from reaching the sea when the rain washes them away, the APB has built a new drainage system to contain and treat the waters which flow off this surface. This means that this water can be treated and returned once again to the sea when it meets the set parameters.
The company responsible for the work is Servicios Profesionales Marinos, S.L., with an assigned budget of € 277,946.
In addition, work has also been performed to install a new network for waste water in the Cos Nou docks. Currently, these docks have different tanks which are periodically emptied by tank trucks. At these two docks, the sanitation water from the Maritime Station, the dockers’ offices, the warehouse and the projected Cos Nou boatyard will be collected by this water network and pumped to a sewage hole located at the Colarsega dock. The adjudication budget for this new network for waste water is € 204,930 awarded to the company M Polo, S.L.
These two projects for the treatment of rain water and waste water fall under the environmental policy of the public body which is committed to conserving and protecting the natural resources and environment.