Palma.—The four ports are Cala Bona in Son Servera, Porto Cristo in Manacor, Colonia de Sant Jordi in ses Salines and Puerto Andraitx.

Jaime Martinez, the Balearic Minister for Tourism, explained after a meeting of the Balearic Port Authority, that plans to do the same in Es Mercadal port in Minorca and Sant Antoni de Portmany’s port in Ibiza have also been given the green light.

Public tender

The process of putting the ports up for public tender has now been initiated.

Martinez also added that up until the management concessions have been awarded, the vice president of the Balearic Port Authority, who also sent representatives to Monday’s meeting, will be responsible for ensuring all the documentation, technical details and permits for the respective ports are in order come the time they are put up for public tender.

Despite the decision to start the process, many fear this will not be the last time the subject will be discussed as the news does not seem to have been widely welcomed.

Port users, boat owners and several fishermen have already showed in the past they are against the decision to privatise the ports.

Puerto Pollensa

During this week’s meeting it was also discussed and approved to put up for public tender a quay in Puerto Pollensa.

The quay has a maximum mooring capacity for 25 vessels (up to 15 metres in length).

Leases will start at 20,000 euros for a period of up to six years.