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One of the most promising economic activities in the Balearic Islands is the repairing and maintenance of ships. The Balearic Islands' Port Authority dedicates 140.000 square metres of surface to this activity, which generates more than 450 million euros every year.
There are more than 450 companies and 2.300 professionals of this sector operating at the ports managed by the Balearic Island's Port Authority, including indirect jobs. The greatest activity related to the repairing and maintenance of ships is concentrated in Palma's Port, considered a reference for the sector and competing with Barcelona and the main ports of France and Italy.
Astilleros de Mallorca and STP (Port Technical Services) are some of the repairing companies that have their headquarters at the capital's port, but there are also small companies and freelancers working at the five ports managed by the APB. At these ports, all type of maintenance, repairing and even restoring works are carried out, including all those related to the engines, electrical and electronic works.
The group of companies based at the Balearic ports provide their services to approximately 2.000 ships of all types every year, including 120 considered "super yachts" (large ships). There are many ships coming from other ports which make a technical call at Palma's port. That is why the sector creates stable jobs throughout the year.
For the prevention of pollution from this activity, the APB ensures the correct management of all residues generated by the activity of licensees offering repairing and maintenance services. In addition, this institution applies measures for the prevention of pollution: the work areas have a drainage network, decantation tanks, oily water collection or antipollution fences.
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