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The APB awards Igy Gestora Marinas Spain the management contract for large yacht moorings in the Levante basin of Eivissa port

The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) agreed at yesterday's session held in Palma to grant the management concession for moorings of large vessels in the Levante basin of the port of Eivissa to Igy Gestora Marinas Spain, S.L. and to authorise the operation of these moorings, as well as the services building located in es Martell.

The same agreement approved by the Board of Directors delegates the approval of the construction project that will carry out the initial project presented by Igy Gestora Marinas Spain in this public tender, taking into account the considerations introduced during the awarding process and included in the conditions accepted by the licensee.

Es Martell building

The new contract includes the management of 42,152 square metres of surface area - 38,852 m2 of water surface and 2,745 m2 of land - and two mooring lines, a 240 metre line on the Levante quay and another 115 metre line on the east side of the counter-quay, popularly known as es Martell, for the mooring of vessels between 20 and 40 metres in length.

The ground floor of the es Martell building will also form part of the concession, measuring some 600 square metres, which may be used for commercial premises for those activities authorised by the APB in accordance with the DEUP (Delimitation of Port Areas and Uses) (mixed use 2: commercial, nautical sports and complementary use). Roof and stairs of the building will continue to be open to the public as before, as will the quay area, where no enclosures or partitions are planned to prevent pedestrian use.

The maximum concession period will be twelve years. The initial occupancy fee was 408,019.20 euros per year, to which Igy Gestora Marinas Spain has added an improvement corresponding to 1,325,000 euros, in addition to the 4% activity fee.

The Board of Directors appoints Toni Ginard as new director of the Balearic Islands Port Authority

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 air quality sensors used in the APB’s ports are declared the most precise on the market

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.

Other accolades

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.

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