The tanker Mar Rocio was today, the first to utilize the new facilities for the discharge of liquid fuel that the Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB) built at the naval base of Port Maó and which involved an investment of 2.4 million euros. With this new infrastructure, the port of Maó can accommodate tankers of greater length and load capacity, which will substantially reduce the number of stopovers at the port throughout the year and also eliminate the traffic of fuel-laden tanker trucks in the port area.
In 2010, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) will freeze five of the seven taxes it collects from the ports of general interest it manages in the Balearic archipelago and implement a reduction in the other two, as a measure to help alleviate the economic recession.
This action is taken in compliance with Law 26/2009 of 23 December, the General State Budget for 2010 and Law 48/2003 of 26 November, the economic regimen and the provision of general services of the major ports.
The PAB has granted for a period of 15 years, the operation of a storage facility and the distribution of cement on the Ribera dock at the port of Alcudia, to Sitges Reunides SL. The company will occupy a ground lot of 1,976 m2, 162 m2 of underground surface, plus 16 m2 for the unloading facility on the service area dock
The technical committee responsible for evaluating the bids submitted to the open tender for the construction of the proposed esplanade and commercial docks protected by Botafoc in the port of Ibiza, has chosen the joint venture of UTE as the best technical offer out of the nine candidates presented. This joint venture is formed by Ferrovial Agroman S.A., Construcciones y Estudios S.A. and Construciones Llull Sastre S.A.
The chairman of the Port Authority of Balears (PAB), Francesc Triay, has requested the Ministry of Culture, through the State Ports, to invite without delay, the committee from UNESCO, to assess whether the projects designed for the port of Ibiza will affect "Ibiza, biodiversity and culture", declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. It was also emphasized that the PAB had no official knowledge of the agreement adopted in Seville in late June by the Heritage Committee of UNESCO, broadcasted yesterday by the GEN-GOB at a press conference in Ibiza.
The Port of Palma recorded, on July 17, a record of 10,000 cruise passengers in one day, accommodating three megacruiseships and another medium in size at its docks. The four ships were Costa Magica, with 101,350 tonnes and 272 metres MSC Orchestra, with 92,409 tonnes and 293 metres Arcadia, with 83,000 tonnes and 285 metres and Thomsom Destiny, with 37,773 tonnes and 214 metres. The Port of Palma is expected, in 2008, to beat the historic record of 500 stopovers in the same year.
The chairman of the Port Authority of Balears (PAB), Francesc Triay, visited today the construction site of the new Alcudia ferry terminal, which will gradually enter into service starting in the month of September. With this new infrastructure, the Port Authority of Balears concludes a series of improvements which will double the passenger traffic and general merchandise in the port and making it the base for the maritime connections between Majorca, Menorca and Barcelona.
This morning, the president of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB), Francesc Triay, presided over the establishment of the jury to decide on the winners of the preliminary plans for the ferry terminal of Cos Nou in the port of Mahon. Once they were summoned to the old Trasmediterrenea building in the port of Palma and the jury was set up, members of the tribunal initiated the opening of the submitted bids, the admission of the work and the ensuing deliberations. A period of fifteen days was determined to prepare the decision of the jury.
The PAB organized this week the First Informative Meeting on Ports, Shipping and Logistics with the Media for the local press in the port of Palma. The motive for organizing this event was to publicize the role of the major ports of the Balearic Islands, day by day, in the economic and social development of our community.
The president of the Port Authority of theBalearic Islands (PAB), Francesc Triay, gave a press conference to cover the events that have been organized by the cruise company AIDA Cruises for the christening ceremony of the cruise ship AIDAluna, to be held next weekend in the Port of Palma. On Saturday, April 4, at nine in the evening, the chief authorities of the islands will be received on board by the heads of AIDA Cruises and Carnival Corporation before the commencement of the ceremony. The patroness of AIDAluna, German top model Franziska Knupp, will perform the christening of the ship.
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