The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has begun a pilot programme for the control and management of the public port domain by using state-of-the-art drones, with technical support offered by a specialist company. Trials have begun in the port of Alcudia, but the APB is planning to implement the service in the other ports of general interest which it manages, so long as any such action is in agreement with the current legislation regarding the airspace of each area.
A team of researchers from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB) have developed a study on the biodiversity on the sea bed in the port and the bay of Palma. This has allowed them to identify a total of 269 species of marine worms. The broad diversity of this species is, according to the researchers, a sign of the complex nature of the habitats in the bay and highlights the lack of awareness of the diversity which surrounds us, which is much greater than once thought.
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has put the extension works of the Ses Figuerasses dock at the Port of Mahon out to tender. The aim of the remodelling under the tender is to connect the hospital walkway and the Repòs del Rei area. The extension will give pedestrians access from the hospital and the Repòs del Rei area, while also adapting the zone for recreational use, providing it with a number of mooring positions for small length vessels.
The exhibition of the famous Painting and Photography Competition run by the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has been transferred to Ibiza to begin its tour. This event, now in its 9th edition, can be found in Sant Antoni de Portmany, at the Ses Coves Blanques lighthouse. It will remain there until 2 March, and will move on to the final step of its voyage on the 11th of that same month in Mahon, in the Caixabank Exhibition Centre. The event will come to a close on Saturday 23rd.
After completing the tender process, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) will soon start work on renovating and upgrading its former headquarters. This is the building located on Muelle Viejo no. 3 in the Port of Palma. The restorations are intended to completely renovate this iconic building for public use.
The works have been awarded to Acciona Construcción, S.A. for €5,444,964.90 inc. VAT. It will take fifteen months and up to 70 people are expected to be directly employed.
This morning, at the meeting held between representatives of the El Molinar Maritime Club and the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), the APB has informed the club of its intention to ensure that all nautical facilities will keep their current dimensions and social character.
According to traffic statistics from the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), the quantity of goods passing through the Balearic Islands´ General Interest Ports amounted to 16.2 million tons during the financial year 2018. That´s an 800,000 ton growth since 2017, or in other words, 5% more than the previous year.
The Chairwoman of Puertos del Estado, Ornella Chacón, agrees with the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) that ports should contribute to improving their surrounding urban areas. She stresses the case of general interest ports on the Balearic Islands, as they are so closely connected to their surrounding towns and cities.
The President of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), Joan Gual de Torrella, and the Councillor for Tourism, Business and Employment of the Palma City Council, Joana M. Adrover, have this morning presented the Welcome Palma app at the APB headquarters. This is a tool created by the APB in collaboration with the Palma 365 Tourism Foundation and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) and Servicios Técnicos Portuarios (STP), the company responsible for managing the biggest shipyard in the port of Palma, have held an informative training session this morning on preventative legal steps when working on vessels. This training was aimed at repair and maintenance workers. The session has focused on presenting the latest developments in Health and Safety at work with regard to the coordination of business operations under the Royal Decree 171/2004 of 30 January.
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