Mallorca calls for a cruise ship and tourist boat limit to avoid major environmental disaster

The government of Spain’s Balearic Isles has proposed cruise ship and tourist pleasure boat restrictions in order to protect marine life and keep pollution levels

According to a report provided by the Balearic Government, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has been urged to “restrict” cruise ship arrivals in Balearic ports. The report also requested that “traffic of regular line vessels and shipping corporations” travelling in the waterways be restricted.

Palma in Mallorca was classified as one of the worst-affected ports, with significant levels of sulphur dioxide. Due to heavy boat traffic, the area between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera was said to be badly polluted.

The research said that the Spanish government should conduct a capacity study for each island and limit boat traffic accordingly.

There have also been requests to reduce the number of trips between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera – a small island accessible only by ferry. It is a popular day-trip from adjacent Ibiza.

The government of the Balearic Islands has asked Spain to designate the Balearic Sea as a Specially Sensitive Marine Area (ZMES). If this request is successful, the local government will have an easier time controlling sea waters and limiting cruises. The local government has also targeted bad anchoring procedures because of their negative influence on marine life.

The problem of cruise ships docking in the Balearic Islands has been a long-running source of contention. After a long hiatus due to the epidemic, cruise ships have recently begun to return to the waters.