The five ports of general interest in the Balearics handled 6.5 million tonnes in the first half of the year, an increase of 10% over the same period in 2020. While still far from the 8.4 million of the first half of 2019 (pre-pandemic), signs of recovery of port traffic are already beginning to be noticed.
Socio-economic developmentTransport and infrastructure
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) is encouraging its concessionaires to implement projects aimed at protecting the environment and combating climate change through agreements for the adoption of good environmental practices, with a 15% rebate on the business activity tax payable by the concessionaire. Three concessions in the port of Eivissa have joined the programme this year with a private investment of around €100,000 for 2021 and 2022.
The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands has agreed to issue an invitation to tender for the operation of the fuel supply facilities on the commercial quay in the port of La Savina. The annual amount of the occupation fee will be EUR 34,241, which may be increased by bidders.
The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), in an ordinary meeting on 28 July 2021, agreed to authorise the technical specifications and terms and conditions that will govern the invitation to tender issued for the operation of the Fish Market on the Contramuelle-Mollet quay in the port of Palma.
The operating licence will have a duration of five years and the annual amount of the occupation fee will be EUR 24,269. The APB ascribes to the licence holder a minimum annual turnover of EUR 10 million.
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The Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB) has announced new requirements for mooring allocations in the ports of La Savina and Eivissa. The condition establishes two restricted navigation zones for commercial vessels, in which simultaneous manoeuvres are prohibited. The measure will come into force tomorrow (Tuesday).
The decision, taken by the APB in accordance with its jurisdiction over the port traffic (both maritime and land) at multipurpose ports in the Balearic Islands, is intended to guarantee the safety of these operations.
The IPM and IMG Group marinas to pioneer the use of the new device in Spain, Marina Ibiza and Marina Port de Mallorca, are committed to caring for and preserving the environment and constantly looking for ways to improve and raise awareness among their customers. Both companies operate concessions in the multi-purpose ports of Palma and Ibiza.
Yesterday, the Professional Association of Civil Engineers (ICCP) presented a volume dedicated to engineer Pere Garau, the man behind the Sóller Railway project and several other outstanding initiatives.
Yesterday, in an ordinary session, the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has approved the contract to be signed between the APB and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-UPC) for the development of a plan for adaptation to climate change for APB ports. The resulting research will determine the impacts of climate change and develop a specific adaptation plan.
The shipping company FRS will start operating the Eivissa - La Savina route from today, 28 June, consolidating its entry into the coastal waters of the Balearic Islands after the launch of the Alcudia-Ciutadella route on 26 May. The new connection will be made with the fast ferry 'San Gwann', which makes the crossing in 30 minutes.
The 'San Gwann' has the capacity to carry up to 427 passengers, and offers free WiFi and a cocktail-bar service on board.
The water surface cleaning and pollution control service in the ports of Eivissa and La Savina has shown a positive balance for the first six months of service, during which it has removed 1,266 kg of waste, with an average of 8.67 kg per day. The concessionaire, Patena Pitiusas, will prepare a six-monthly report for monitoring the evolution of the cleaning and the difference between the summer and winter seasons.
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