The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) was informed today in detail about the Master Plan for Infrastructures for the Port of Palma, which provides for exterior expansion and remodelling of its port facilities. The plan is undergoing its final draft and the finalization of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Study. The project includes a new external dock which, with the acquisition of greater surface area and mooring lines, will improve the distribution of merchandise and passenger traffic, cruise ship traffic, docking for recreational vessels and boat reparation facilities, among other activities. In addition, areas near the urban core could provide the basis of a port-city project being developed with the City Council of Palma
The PAB will shortly begin improvements on the pedestrian walkway on the exterior breakwater of the Dique del Oeste. This project, valued at 300 thousand euros, involves reforming 800 metres of the breakwater and providing it with a suitable lighting system designed to minimize light pollution. Access will be open to the public, except when it is considered dangerous due to sea conditions. The installation will take two months to complete and will begin in approximately one month
The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (ABS) has chosen the company Ocibar S.A. for the exploitation of the moorings of the inner pier of Ibiza harbor and deal with the corresponding concession, in accordance with the proposal of the Technical Committee responsible for reporting on the bids submitted to the contest. The rental fee forOcibar S.A. will be 110,853.44 euros and the investment will be 303,529.94 euros. The objective of the undertaking is the two year operation of two floating docks, each one with a length of 75 metres and a width of 2.5 metres. Both are located in the iterior basin of the port of Ibiza and will occupy a total water surface area of nine thousand square meters. Tthe operation will provide management for pleasure boat moorings, water and electricity provision, child care, garbage collection and other services
A delegation from the Balearic Islands, headed by the chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), Francesc Triay and composed of various cruise ship agents and representatives of tourism from Ibiza, was present at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, from 11 to 13 March, to promote the Balearic ports as some of the most solid destinations in the Mediterranean. The primary objective of the representatives from the islands was to attract more cruising activity during the winter season, as the prospects for high season are already very good. In this regard, the APB managed to set up contacts with Royal Caribbean for a cruise from this company to make a stopover in Palma over the next winter season. In addition, the delegation entered into negotiations with AIDA Cruises to make Palma a permanent centre for the company's operations in the Mediterranean
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands will construct a new 16 million euro passenger terminal in the port of Alcudia. The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has opened the competition for the construction of the new passenger terminal in the port of Alcudia, with an estimated budget of 15.908.496.36 euros. The project will include the construction of two fixed footbridges for boarding and disembarking passengers.The building will have a surface area of approximately 3,600 square meters, with a height of under twelve meters. In addition, it will have a parking zone for cars and buses. The passenger terminal will be located on the recent extension of the Muelles del Poniente (Western Docks): a surface area of 27,500 square meters into which the PAB has invested six million euros.The terminal will be distributed over a ground floor and two upper floors and will be adapted according to the related architectural standards. Boarding and disembarking zones for passengers will be separate and these activities will be carried out via the fixed footbridges that will connect the building to the docks. The building will also house a zone for invoicing baggage, shipping agents offices, a cafeteria and a restaurant, among other services.Environmental measures will be anticipated in order to obtain the rational use of energy in the building. The project includes plans for implementing heating and illumination systems, among other operations, which will optimize the use of natural light and solar energy.
PAB will build two new berths in the port of Palma for cruise ships of over 300 metres in length Palma de Mallorca, December 5, 2007. The Port Authority Balearic Islands (PAB) presented today, the project for the construction of a new pier at the western end of the existing docks of Poniente in the Port of Palma, which will provide dockage services for two large vessels, mainly cruise ships. The proposed construction will make it possible to dock four vessels of great length in this zone of the port. Specifically, the existing piers will be extended by about 50 meters and two new berths of 380 meters will be created. It is anticipated that this project will be completed during the current legislature with a budget of approximately 23 million euros. The port of Palma has received a total of 1,043,633 cruise ship passengers from January to November 2007, which represents an increase of 13 percent compared to the same time last year
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) registered an increase of the 25 percent in the number of passenger tourists arriving to the islands in the first semester of 2007. In total, 446,647 passengers arrived to the Balearic Islands by cruise ship, up until the 30th of June, as opposed to 357,270 passengers who registered during the same period of the previous year. In relation to the ports, Mahon led in growth with an increase of 57 percent and a total of 36,656 passengers. This strong increase was due, in part, to the weekly scheduling of several of the ships during the high season, as is the case of the “Sea Princess“, which makes stops at the Port of Mahon every Sunday. The Port of Palma showed an increase of 23 percent, while Ibiza registered a rise of 18 percent, changing the negative tendency of last year’s decrease in cruise ship passengers. With respect to the number of ships arriving to the islands, the overall growth was 24 percent, and again, Mahon, with an increase of no less than the 73 percent, was the port with the most significant the ascent. As to passenger traffic on regular lines, the ports of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands registered, during the first six months of this year (2007), an overall increase of 7 percent
Construction work on the Poniente docks in the Port of Alcudia has been completed. The project consisted of expanding the esplanade toward the northwest and gaining approximately 27,500 square meters of surface area over water. It will give the docks a new line of dockage, with five meters draught, for regular passenger and freight traffic, as well as a pier for local traffic and includes the necessary dredging operations of the new access channel. The project carried out by U.T.E. Dragados and Llabrés Feliu, contemplated the area of the esplanade, which in effect will become a functional extension of the existing one, to be considered for commercial use, intended primarily as a parking facility for semi- trailers and other ro-ro traffic. The dredging work included both the trench for the foundation of the docks, as well as the entry channel to them. On the dredging platforms, in the area of the docks, a supporting structure was installed in order to achieve a better distribution of tensions above ground. Above it, the concrete dock wall was constructed. The work was completed in the estimated time and the final budget came to approximately six million euros
This summer the new Ferry Terminal nº 3, located at the Partiers Wharfin the Port of Palma, became operational after finalizing theamplification and reforms of the facility. The reformation, carried out by UTEFerrovial Agroman SA and Centro de Montajes, included the constructionof a direct access to the ground floor of the terminal, which is thelocation of a new baggage distribution zone and departure lounge. Withthis reform, boarding and disembarking activities are separate for the firsttime, making passenger traffic more comfortable and more secure. Thisconstruction assumed an investment of 2,227,164.02 euros. This concludes the total reformation initiated months ago, with the remodelling of Ferry Terminal nº 2 of the Port of Palma, which was completed in the middle of January. This project consisted of the creation of a new baggage claim area. To achieve this the previously open area was closed off and a baggage conveyor belt and washroom facilities were installed. In addition, the area was connected to the Ferry Terminal with the installation of an elevator, two escalators and a stairway. The reforms of Ferry Terminal nº2 cost 2,452,329.54 euros. The primary target of both projects was to obtain more modern and uniform ferry terminals, whose main purpose is none other than to improve the sojourn of passengers and customers.
The PAB sent to be published today in the BOE, a public notice with information concerning the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) of the proposed berthing facility for large ships at the Poniente piers in the port of Palma de Mallorca. The final draft of the study and of the project itself, are available to the public offices concerned, interested individuals and the general public, in the offices of the PAB in Palma. The new pier, with a budget of 24 million euros, will be built as a continuation the existing Poniente piers and will allow simultaneous berthing of up to six major cruise ships at the Paraires terminal.