Spain. €40 million Mallorcan megayacht moorings get favourable environmental impact report Print E-mail
Friday, 06 October 2006
Marian Martin

La Comisión balear de Medio Ambiente has given a favourable environmental impact report on the proposed expansion of Mallorca’s Port Adriano, to create an area for megayachts. The Commission’s opinion was that the environmental effect of the developed port would be "similar to the present one" and there could be a beneficial effect from constructions designed to protect the marina.

This is an important step for Ocibar S. L., the marina concessionaire, whose plans had been opposed by various groups, notably SOS Can Vairet, which claimed that extra marine traffic would worsen the quality of bathing water in the cove and spoil the artificial beach, created in 1922. Ocibar has always claimed that large yachts contaminate less, because they are better equipped and do not remain in the environs of the port, as happens with shallower draft vessels.

Although the project will almost double the mooring area, only 85 moorings will be added to the existing 404. The new moorings will be for yachts over20 metres, with 10 available for vessels over 50 metres.

Construction will go ahead, subject to approvals from two further government departments: Demarcación de Costas del Gobierno and the Conselleria de Obras Públicas. In addition to the marina extension, Ocibar will create more than 450 new parking spaces, a sailing school and, possibly, a launching ramp for small boats.
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