Baleària's first fast ferry, the Eleanor Roosevelt, was presented to the public yesterday in the ports of Palma and Eivissa.
The cooperation between the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) and the Minorca Island Council has been further strengthened with the signing of an agreement on fire prevention, firefighting, rescue and civil defence, in order to optimise the resources and equipment available and to increase safety in the port area.
According to this agreement, the APB will provide equipment and a specific training programme for the Minorca Island Council's firefighting brigades (SPEIS), with a budget of €218,000 for the next four years.
The Port of Mahon has its own Emergency Plan drawn up by the APB in which the SPEIS is considered as an emergency response group whose functions include fighting fires on land and on ship, intervening in civil defence operations, evacuation tasks, land rescue operations, the loading and unloading of dangerous goods and participation in drills, among other activities.
This reciprocal partnership dates back to 2001, when the first cooperation agreement was signed between the two organisations. Through this agreement, the APB provides assistance at all times in tasks carried out by the SPEIS as well as human resources for the development of surveillance activities in the service area at the Port of Mahon.