The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has started drafting its Strategic Plan which will address the future of the five ports it manages (Palma, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and la Savina).
The freight traffic statistics for the ports of general interest in the Balearic Islands indicate that 15.4 million tonnes passed through the 5 ports managed by the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) in 2017.
All of the ports have experienced an increase in traffic volume except for Mahon, which was down 3% on 2016. The ports of Alcudia and La Savina have seen the biggest increase in traffic, up 17% and 7%, respectively. The ports of Palma and Ibiza have also seen an increase, up 4% and 3%, respectively.
The figures reported relating to the general goods traffic (referring to consumer goods), indicate that 12.2 million tonnes passed through the 5 ports of general interest in the Balearic Islands in 2017, up 6% on 2016. Alcudia increased by 18%, La Savina 8%, Ibiza 6% and Palma 5%. Mahon is once again the only port that did not see any growth, showing a 9% reduction in its traffic volume with regard to 2016.
Referring to solid bulk cargo only (coal, grain, salt and construction materials, etc.), the records indicate that Mahon and Alcudia increased their traffic volume by 60% and 17%, respectively, while Palma, Ibiza and La Savina saw a 30%, 26% and 16%, respectively, reduction in these materials in comparison with the previous financial year.
As regards liquid bulk cargo (fuel), the records indicate an increase in traffic volume at the ports of Alcudia (11%), Mahon (9%) and Palma (1%), and a 6% fall at the Port of Ibiza.
Lastly, in 2017, the number of passengers at the ports managed by the APB was 8.2 million, up 6% on the figure registered in the previous financial year. Of those passengers, 2.1 million were on cruise ships, up 9% on 2016.
All of the ports saw an increase in this area. The Port of Mahon saw the biggest increase (26%), corresponding to a 60% increase in the arrival of cruise passengers in 2017, followed by Alcudia (23%), Ibiza (6%) -which also saw a significant increase of 35% in cruise passengers-, Palma (5%) and La Savina (3%).
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