Following a motion by President Javier Sanz, the Board of Directors of the Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB) agreed this afternoon to appoint Toni Ginard López as the new director of the public body that manages the Balearic archipelago's ports of general interest.
Toni Ginard was born in Palma in 1974 and graduated in Civil Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Until today, he has been Head of the Planning and Infrastructures Department of the APB since 2021. However, he has worked in different positions related to the planning and development of projects and infrastructures at the APB since 2005, where he has been responsible for several organisational units.
Throughout his extensive professional career at APB, Ginard has led more than 500 port infrastructure projects, as well as port-city transformation and interaction projects. Until recently, he has been in charge of Palma's promenade remodelling project, which represents a major transformation of urban space in Spanish ports, as well as in the Balearic capital.
Other notable projects of his are the remodelling of the promenade of the port of Eivissa, the Botafoc Maritime Station, also in the port of Ibiza, the remodelling of the port-city area in the port of La Savina, and the transformation of the seafront and the port of Molinar. The latter was awarded the Albert Serratosa 2021 "City and Territory" prize by the Association of Civil Engineers of Spain and a special mention from ARCA (Association of Civil Engineers of Spain), in 2018.
Currently, Ginard also works as the vice-dean of the Association of Civil Engineers of the Balearic Islands, which he has been linked to since 2014. Besides his extensive experience in engineering and port planning, having spent more than 23 years as a full-time professional, Ginard has participated as a speaker at more than 20 congresses. He is also the author of several articles in specialised engineering journals, as well as co-author of two books on port-related subjects dedicated to the Mallorcan engineers Pere Garau and Eusebi Estada.
Toni Ginard replaces Jorge Nasarre, who has stepped down as director of the APB after almost three years in office.
The equipment used to measure air quality at the five major ports managed by the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) was declared the most precise on the market in the 2023 AIRLAB Microsensors Challenge. This aim of this event, which is organised by Airparif, is to evaluate and compare the performance of different multi-pollutant sensors under actual conditions of use.
In this fourth edition of the Challenge, the equipment manufactured by Kunak, which is installed in the ports of Palma, Alcúdia, Mahon, Ibiza and La Savina, stood out in particular for its capacity to precisely measure two of the pollutants that play a key role in air quality: ozone (O3) and fine particulates (PM₂).
The APB has installed a total of 25 measuring stations at the five major ports it manages. With the aim of improving air quality, the monitoring system and smart environmental platform provide data on air pollution in real time.
In line with the principle that “what cannot be measured, cannot be managed”, since 2016 the APB has been working to improve a digital platform that now has the capacity to provide real-time air quality data, as well as alerts to identify pollution hotspots at the five major ports it manages. The platform also makes it possible to calculate the back trajectories of any pollutants identified by the sensors.
The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) cited the air quality monitoring and improvement project at the APB’s ports as a successful case study at the 13th edition of Med Days, an international conference that took place in October 2023.
The same project also won the international award for the best air quality monitoring network at the 2022 edition of the Air Quality and Emissions Show (AQE), which took place in Telford in the United Kingdom. The AQE is one of the world’s leading trade fairs in the field of air quality and industrial emissions.
The works to protect the foundations of the Botafoc dock in the Port of Ibiza are finished in record time
Today, the works to repair and modify the elements protecting the foundations of the Botafoc dock in the Port of Ibiza were officially declared complete, 16 months ahead of schedule. This morning, the APB carried out the final examination of the works, which were then handed over to an inspector from the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility.
The works commenced in November 2022, with the construction of concrete blocks in the Port of Alicante, which were then transported to the Port of Ibiza and laid in May 2023. The final stage of the works came to an end in November last year. According to the timetable set out in the agreement, the works were scheduled to finish in March
The works mark the completion of the project to reinforce the Botafoc dock, which had a final tender budget of 11.3 million euros. The works were completed 16 months
ahead of schedule.
Reinforcement of the dock
Over the past few years, a certain amount of damage to the main mantle of the bank of the Botafoc dock had been observed and subsequently confirmed via the underwater inspections carried out as part of the APB’s five-yearly inspection programme.
The aim of the project was to repair and modify the dock’s three constituent sections (base, trunk and head) in order to make it resistant to the current maritime climate,
which may have changed since the original maritime climate study was carried out.
For the base section, the work consisted of repositioning the six-tonne blocks that sit on the current crown of the bank. Some 1.5 tonnes of rockfill were placed onto this base in order to maintain the slope of the filter formed by the previous blocks. Lastly, a two-layer sloping mantle of 20-tonne blocks was added on top of the previous materials.
In the trunk and head section, the original three-tonne blocks were repositioned and a main mantle, comprised of 20-tonne blocks, was laid on top of them.
Owing to the nature of the works and the number of elements involved, the project was implemented using sea-based resources: the blocks were made in the Port of Alicante and transported by ship to the Port of Ibiza, in order to prevent any impacts on road traffic and land-based port operations.
The Botafoc dock, 515 metres long and with a maximum draught of 20 metres, has a submerged bank of cubic concrete blocks, formed by 12 concrete caissons. The crown wall with a waveguard is 7 metres above sea level.
It is connected to the town by a 1,200 metre-long road. This has increased safety, because the unloading of oil products can now be carried out at a greater distance
than before the dock was built. This also allows large cruise ships to dock there.
This publication details the APB’s financial situation, the technical characteristics of its public ports and provides an overview of the institution’s activities.
Link to the APB’s e-office which features the official notice boards on public information, human resources, public port land, and auctions, as well as other notices.
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These provide a detailed picture about the traffic using the public ports of Palma, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and La Savina.
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