Aconcrete jetty is to be built alongside the dry dock in the port of Ciutadella and 4 or 5 floating pontoons set up between the commercial jetty and the old military headquarters to create 100 or so new moorings, the Balearic Ports Authority confirmed yesterday.

The concrete jetty which won't be ready until 2012, will be used by trawlers, tourist motor-launches and maritime rescue vessels. The floating pontoons which by way of contrast, can be set up for the next summer season, will be reserved by the Ports Authority for leasing out to some of the 518 people who are still on a waiting list for a mooring. Although the Ports Authority might lease out the concession for managing the moorings, it will never be a private concern as the Authority reports directly to the Balearic government's Environment ministry.

The boats, said Ports Authority Vice President Antoni Armengol yesterday, will be lined up according to their length. Armengol was speaking at the presentation of the new port plans at a meeting attended by Ciutadella's Mayor, Pilar Carbonero and the Council of Minorca's Territory Councillor, Joan Marques.

The meeting was the first contact that all organisations concerned with the running of the port had made to try and move forward to get at least the floating pontoons operating by June 2011. From that date on, commercial traffic will be transferred to the new Son Blanc dock.


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