WORK will begin in Palma Port tomorrow on the extension of the Ponent jetty which when complete, will allow the docking of large cruise ships, the Balearic Ports Authority confirmed yesterday.

The project is being carried out by a joint venture company comprising CYES, SATO and OHL. The plan is for the creation of two moorings, each 360 metres long and 30 metres wide.

Construction is scheduled to take 15 months and will mean that up to five cruise ships will be able to moor in the Port of Palma at the same time.
The Balearic Ports Authority also said that the technical reports it had commissioned on the feasibility of building an underground carpark in front of its offices on the Moll Vell jetty have now been completed.

The parking lot has been designed to hold 300 vehicles and will be of just one floor, similar to the installations in the Parc de la Mar which were built by Palma City Council.

There had been increasing pressure on the Ports Authority to “make room” for the larger cruising vessels in the face of boom trade and Palma's place as the second most popular cruise port in the Mediterranean after Barcelona.

The new moorings will relieve the temporary docking extensions which have been used on other jetties in Palma to accommodate the large cruisers.