Mallorca’s second most important port, Alcudia, is in line for a major investment of more than €30m to provide a new marina and upgrade the existing facility. The plans will see a €21.77m upgrade of the 745-berth Alcudiamar marina and the development of a new 161-berth marina at a cost of more than €12m.

As part of the deal between APB (Balearic Islands Ports Authority) and the Alcudiamar marina, the €21.77m will be investment between now and 2018 to upgrade the berths of the marina. Alcudiamar will also pay the APB an annual fee/tax of €2.7m. In addition, the concession held by Alcudiamar will be extended by 12 years to 2030, making it a total of 42 years.

Of the marina’s 745 berths, nearly 40 can accommodate superyachts from 24m-30m (78.5ft-98.5ft). The upgrade will see berth improvements, the installation of new and better services, and enhanced facilities for users such as new showers and other facilities. There will also be a large increase in the hard-standing area, allowing work to be undertaken on yachts.

The new 161-berth facility will be located in the current open water area between the Alcudiamar marina and Alcudia’s commercial port. It is to be developed over an unspecified period by Marina Canada and work will include a range of retail outlets such as restaurants, a sailing school, a marine research centre and fuel facility. The range of berths will include 37 of 10m (32.8ft), 34 of 11m (36ft), 52 of 15m (49.25ft) and 38 of 20m (66ft).

As Mallorca’s second commercial port, Alcudia handles over 250,000 passengers on ferry services that provide links to Menorca and Barcelona, and nearly 1.2m tonnes of cargo including coal, gas, scrap and agricultural products.