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José María Urrutia Mera takes office as President of the Balearic Islands Port Authority

Palma, 03/08/2011

On this day it has been published, in the Official State Bulletin, the appointment by Ministry of Public Order of José María Urrutia Mera as the new chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), replacing Francesc Triay, who ceases to hold office.


He was born in El Ferrol in 1954. Married with one daughter, Urrutia is Captain in the Navy and has extensive professional experience. In 2008 he was appointed Commander of the Marine Sector of the Balearic Islands and the Shipmaster of Palma, a position he held until July 2011, on which date he passed to Reserve status.


During his long professional career, the new president of the APB has held various appointments on land, on the Military Staff Comittee of Maritime Zone of the Canary Islands, in the Communications Section of the Tactics Division of the Military Staff Comittee of the Navy, in the NATO Headquarters in Southern Europe (AFSOUTH HQ), in the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Defense and at the Maritime Command Headquarters of NATO in the Mediterranean, where he was Chief of the CIS between 2005 and 2008.


As a specialist in communications systems and submarines, he was also assigned to various ships like the destroyer Marquis Ensenada; the minesweeper Tajo; submarines like Isaac Peral, Narwhal, Siroco Tonina; the training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano, as professor and communications officer; and the patrol vessel Infanta Elena, where he was Chief Operations and Tactics Officer. He was also Commander of the patrol vessel Mouro and Deputy Commander and  Acting Commander of the oil tanker Marques de la Ensenada.


In addition, José María Urrutia was the Spanish representative for several group assignments for NATO between 1996 and 2008 and has been honored with several awards and honorable mentions for his work.


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