Date: 06 January 2014 at 07:56
An up-to-date chart approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) indicates that a significant part of La Linea’s Alcaidesa Marina has been built on land that has been reclaimed in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
The official chart approved by the IMO – a United Nations agency – is now also showing the location of the artificial reef laid in late July last year.
According to its website, Alcaidesa Marina in La Linea is a privileged leisure port, located just 10 minutes walk from the Gibraltar airport. But it’s arguably closer than it should be.
In the early 80’s the Spanish authorities built the Mole which extends west from the access road used to drive round the La Linea loop on your way into Gibraltar. More recently, they’ve reclaimed land north of that mole. But this up-to-date chart shows that both are in an area considered to be British sovereignty by the United Nations.
The chart reveals a potentially complicated pocket of Spanish waters close to Western Beach, as well as a smaller area of Gibraltar waters inside the La Linea Marina.
GBC has referred this matter to the Convent and is awaiting an official line from the Foreign Office.