On the 4th of April 2008 a letter was issued from the Vice-President of the Ports de les Illes Balears, regarding the swinging moorings on the port side of the outer harbour of Port d’Andratx. Basically, they wish to clean up the bottom of the harbour and to this end the users of the moorings are obliged to remove their vessels. The Port Authority hopes to have the new moorings laid by mid-July 2008 and requires that any comments regarding this be made within 10 working days.
A number of interested parties have arranged for a meeting to take place at a lawyer’s office in Palma on the 17th of April at 12:30 to discuss the issue.
We have also been in discussion with the Harbourmaster here in Port d’Andratx and understand that the work on the moorings is going to start on the 15th of April with all moorings with no boats on being removed first. He has also said that anyone who has been paying harbour dues while a boat has been on his/her mooring will be on a list. Once the new moorings (possibly island pantalons as in Mahon harbour, Menorca) have been competed the people on this list will have the option of taking one of these places. However, at this stage he does not know who will be administering these or what they will cost… so it is all fairly vague at present.
Anyone who actually owns one of these moorings would probably have understood that this was likely to happen at some time in the future. But the fact that they have been given so little notice is causing a great deal of consternation for the owners of the moorings, as finding an alternative place to moor or berth a boat is difficult.
If you have questions or would like further information, please send us an email. We at least trying to keep up-to-date with the situation as it develops and are happy to share whatever knowledge we have.