The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has agreed this afternoon to put out to tender the management of the El Molinar dock and port facilities' building at the Port of Palma, for a maximum term of twenty years and once the redevelopment work has been completed by the port authority.
The Board of Directors has approved the tender conditions that will enable the use of the port space to provide mooring services for pleasure boats up to eight metres long. In addition, they include the use of the ground floor of the building as a bar-café-restaurant, though impeding any business to be conducted on the first floor, which will be reserved for offices and space for social and cultural activities promoted by the new operator.
The tender excludes an area of about 2,500 square metres, which includes a newly built 600 m2 building, plus an esplanade and slipway, which will be assigned to the Government of the Balearic Islands for the future location of a water sports training centre.
The APB has taken on the work of redeveloping and modernising the dock to provide it with the necessary safety measures for inland navigation and boat mooring. In addition, in 2020 it will be tendering the refurbishment works on the building, which will retain its original appearance. These two projects have an overall budget of almost €4 million.
The Board of Directors has decided that, given that the concessionaire will not have to undertake any investment beyond the fitting out of the building and the installation of pontoons in the sheltered waters, there is justification for the concession not exceeding a maximum period of twenty years, which is long enough to amortize these projects.
In addition, the tender conditions guarantee the use of public port land to provide mooring services for around 90 small pleasure boats, limiting trading activities to a bar-café-restaurant.
The APB estimates that work on the stretch of the El Molinar promenade will be completed by the end of July and opened to the public, while it has assumed that the completion of the construction work on the new Poniente breakwater will be delayed until October. In 2020, it plans to tender the refurbishment of the building, with work possibly beginning next year.
The APB thus complies with the commitments to maintain the size of El Molinar, the number of moorings and types of boats it can accommodate, port-city integration, a stronger sporting focus and the fact that the management of the moorings can be taken on by a social yacht club.