Naturgy is a leading group in the energy sector, pioneering in gas and electricity integration, whose activities include generation, supplying, distributing, commercialisation of natural gas and electricity business. It is currently present in more than 25 countries, where it offers service to more than 20 million customers on the five continents, and almost 50% of its employees work in other geographical areas outside Spain. Its international presence puts it in an ideal position to be able to capitalise on the growth of new regions which are in the process of economic growth, making it one of the world's most important operators.
BALEARIA is a leading Spanish shipping company that specialises in passenger and rolling cargo transport among the Balearic Islands and also as one of the largest operators in the Strait of Gibraltar. The company also provides services in the Caribbean. Founded in 1998 in Denia (Alicante), the company is now a reference as concerns service, innovation and social responsibility in the maritime transport sector. With a fleet of 19 ships and more than 1,000 employees, the shipping company is held by Adolfo Utor (57.5%), the Chairman of the company, and the Matutes Group (42.5%).
Barcelona Port Authority (APB) is the governing body responsible for managing the Port of Barcelona. Under the provisions of Spanish Law 33/2010 of 5 August 2010, amending Law 48/2003 of 26 November 2003 on the financial and services regime for ports of general interest, the APB is required to fulfil the following functions:
· Providing general port services; authorising and monitoring basic port services.
· Managing the port service area and port use.
· Planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations pertaining to works, port services and navigational aids.
· Managing the public port area and area covered by the navigational aids.
· Managing the port's financial assets and resources.
· Promoting industrial and commercial activities linked to maritime transport and port traffic.
· Coordinating operations involving different transport modes within the port precinct.
The General Directorate of Merchant Navy of Spain is the authority responsible for the overall management of the maritime navigation and Spanish civil fleet, as established in the consolidated text of the State Ports and Merchant Navy Law, adopted by Legislative Royal Decree 2/2011, of 5 September.
By Royal Decree 1590/92, of 23 December, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands was assigned to the management of the ports of Palma de Mallorca, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and La Savina. The port authority exercises the following authority:
· Fulfilment, authorisation and control of maritime and terrestrial operations related to harbour transit and services.
· Planning of service zones and functions of the port.
· Plans, projects, construction, conservation and operation of service buildings of the port and of marine signals.
· Management of port control and marine signals.
· Promotion of industrial and commercial activities related to maritime or port transit. Coordination of the operations of the different means of transport in the port area.