Baleària's first fast ferry, the Eleanor Roosevelt, was presented to the public yesterday in the ports of Palma and Eivissa.
The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has agreed to put out a public tender for the management of large boat moorings on the Levante dock at the Port of Ibiza. The tender decision was taken once the Spanish Council of State had ratified the expiry of the concession held by the company YSM Marinas y Puertos España S.L., under the name Sovren Marina, last August.
The new feature of this tender is that boats over 20 metres in length will be allowed to moor if they are home port yachts, i.e. if they stay for at least six months a year, or if they are transit boats calling at the port in low season. This measure has been taken to guarantee a larger number of boats and thus boost economic activity in the marina throughout the season.
This new concession, like the previous one, comprises the management of 42,152 square metres of surface area - 38,852 m2 of water and 2,745 m2 of land - and two berthing lines, one 240 metres long on the Levante Quay and the other 115 metres long on the Es Martell Quay.
The concession also includes the ground floor of the Es Martell building, which has an area of some 600 square metres and can be used as commercial premises for activities authorised by the APB. The roof and stairs of the building will continue to be for public use, as in the previous concession, just like the quay surface, where the installation of barriers or partitions to prevent pedestrians from using the area is prohibited.
The concession period will be for a maximum of twelve years and will have a minimum occupancy charge of €408,019.20 per year. The APB will hand over the facilities to the concessionaire in the state in which Sovren Ibiza left them on the date its concession expired, with some of the work being unfinished.
The company YSM Marina y Puertos de España currently owes the port authority a total of €5.5 million.