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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.


Magistrate No. 7 in Palma, has agreed to the dismissal of the interim criminal complaint filed by the company Boat Yard Palma, against the former chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB), Joan Verger, for giving the concession of the dry dock of the commercial docks in the Port of Palma to Port Technical Services (PTS ). Likewise, expert evidence requested by the complainant was denied.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (PAB) has officially received, from the Secretary of State for Climate Change, the Declaration of Environmental Impact (DIA) for the proposed esplanade and commercial piers at Botafoc, in the Port of Ibiza. DIA establishes strict environmental measures to be followed before, during and after construction. The PAB considers feasible all the conditions imposed in the report.


Over the past few The PAB has conducted the rebuilding of the enclosures surrounding the buildings attached to the lighthouses of Minorca. These are, for the most part, stone walls, built in the traditional way, which tend to crumble and collapse over time. The reconstruction work has respected the structural integrity of the existing, traditional enclosures typical to Minorca. They consist of two trapezoidal faces made of rough, native stone, crowned by what is called “esquena d’ase”.


The port of Mahon has acquired and added 5.000m² to the existing area of Cos Nou, used for the reparation of recreational vessels, including a new travel lift basin. The PAB plans to summon bids for the general management of the whole boat yard area, which will also provide a fuel dock.


Between 1999 and 2008, the PAB has purchased land in the port of Maó, valued at 7.5 million euros, to make room for the renovation and expansion of Cos Nou, where the future passenger terminal will be located and whose construction will cost approximately 13 million euros. The PAB had recently acquired several lots, with a total area of 207,000m², for 3.5 million euros and this was added to other land previously purchased for 4 million euros. In addition to this, the PAB intends to buy more land, in order to have sufficient area for the amplification and the access road to the port.


The PAB will build its new offices at the port of Palma in the old office buildings of the company Trasmediterránea, popularly known as the "Tras" building. The construction could start in the second half of 2009, with an execution period of fifteen months and an estimated budget of 18 million euros. This will involve the relocation of its current headquarters to expand and adapt to its future needs. The future building will be built on an area of 2,500 square meters and will consist of two floors and a basement for parking and storage.


The PAB initiated today, the construction of the new passenger terminal in the Port of Alcudia, with a budget allocation of 12,947,265.00 €. The signing of a joint venture agreement between the PAB and winners of the bid, the UTE, formed by Ferrovial Agromán and Construcciones Llull Sastre, marked the official start of construction. The project has an estimated deadline for completion of twelve months. The building will have an area of approximately 3,600 square meters, with a height that will not exceed twelve meters. In addition, it will have a parking area for cars and buses.


Today the Port of Palma has reached a new record of 84 cruise ship stopovers in the same month, surpassing the record high of 80 stopovers registered since October, 1999. The month of May closed with a 9% increase over the same month in 2007, when a total of 77 cruise ships passed through the Port of Palma.


The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands has completed the reconstruction of the old pier on the Isla del Rey, located in the Port of Maó. The cost of the reform was approximately 50,000 euros and consisted of reinforcing the quay, which is 14.5 metres long and has an average width of 6.5 metres, and repaving the surface. The border was raised to 90 centimetres above sea level to facilitate berthing of more modern vessels



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