Croatia Considers Cuts to Shipyard Aid
According to a Bloomberg report, Croatia's to EU negotiator indicated the country’s next government will have to cut subsidies to the shipbuilding industry to move on with efforts to join the European Union. With 11,000 jobs at stake at five main shipyards, Croatia has put off the subsidy cuts until after elections on Nov. 25. EU rules bar government bailouts of unprofitable businesses, subjecting Croatia to the same clampdown that still provokes resentment in the eastern European countries that joined in 2004. Poland last month protested an EU order to reclaim aid payments to the Gdansk shipyard, home of the Solidarity movement. Some of the $500m in cash and guarantees that Croatia offered the shipyards in 2006 breaks EU rules, the negotiator said.
Croatia Resurrects LNG terminal Plans
Croatia prepares financial plan for LNG terminal; EU sees the Krk terminal helping Europe's energy independence. Croatia has reopened a feasibility study for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic which should help diversify energy supplies for central Europe, economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak said on Tuesday. The idea is to make the terminal on the island of Krk the southern end of a gas pipeline corridor connecting Croatia and Poland's Baltic port of Swinoujscie to help diversify gas supply routes for central Europe and cut dependence on Russian imports. "The potential LNG terminal on Krk has been recognised by the European Commission as an important project for the European Union's energy independence.
Croatian FLNG Terminal Delayed
Croatia's FLNG terminal in the northern Adriatic will take a year longer to complete than initially expected, reports Reuters. The capacity of the terminal, now expected to be finished in 2019, is seen at around 2 billion m3 of gas a year, with Croatia targeting central European markets as well as domestic. The terminal, to be built on the northern Adriatic island of Krk, is among projects the EU sees as important to its efforts to enhance energy security and reduce dependence on Russian gas.
Croatia May Choose FLNG Terminal
According to Reuters, Croatia may decide to construct a floating LNG (FLNG) vessel for the northern Adriatic – as opposed to an onshore liquefaction plant – in order to begin operations sooner. At the moment, it is unclear what would become of the plans for a land-based terminal on the northern Adriatic island, Krk. So far, seven non-binding bids from both industrial and financial investors have been made for the onshore project. Croatian First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko met in Zagreb with Amos J.
Training for Better Ballast Water Management
Work to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in developing countries is underway in Zagreb, Croatia this week, with two training activities under IMO’s GloBallast project. A seminar looking at risk assessment, and inventories of marine life in and around commercial ports – a concept also known as Port Biological Baseline Surveys – concluded November 17. Marine biologists, Port State Control Officers and maritime authorities from Croatia…
Croatia Mulls LNG Facility
A floating terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Croatia would lower energy prices both for households and the business sector, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said. The country’s key energy project is still the liquefied natural gas terminal on the Island of Krk, but a floating LNG facility is an option, Kolinda said. She added that Croatia can learn a lot from the Baltic countries. She recently met with the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė who supported the LNG terminal in Croatia.
100th ABB Turbocharging Station Opens
On December 12, the 100th ABB Turbocharging service station opened in Rijeka, Croatia. At the inauguration country manager of Croatia, Darko Eisenhuth, welcomed to the century celebration customers from the local maritime community, the Swiss Ambassador to Croatia and Rijekas Mayor, as well as members of senior management from ABB Turbocharging headquarters in Switzerland and from ABB Croatia. The new service station in Rijeka will allow ABB Turbocharging to expand its local activities in Croatia and in the region as a whole, where there has been increasing demand for premium turbocharger support. A station crew of four will ensure that customers can rely on a faster response and first-class, OEM service around the clock.
HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting
history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. Presented on the ms Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and a Dubrovnik children's choir. Special guests included His Excellency Robert A. Dubrovnik.
Croatia To Aid Exports By Subsidizing Shipbuilding
The Croatian will subsidize the ailing shipbuilding industry to boost the country's stagnating exports, officials said, adding that while Croatia has few products it can export, a product it does have is ships. Officials said that, given the new government's proclaimed goal of entering the EU, Croatia had to find a way of balancing its current and trade accounts. The country's trade gap in the first 11 months of 1999 stood at $3.2 billion, while the current account gap is forecast at around $1.5 billion or 6-7 percent of gross domestic product. The government was prepared to help put the ailing industry back on track, but will not pay for their current expenditures such as wages, which was a standard practice of the former government, officials said.
Croatia's Floating LNG Terminal Due in 2018
Croatia could complete its 2 billion cubic metre per year floating LNG facility in 2018, Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said. In an interview with Reuters Tomislav said that Croatia intends to complete the construction of a floating LNG terminal in the northern Adriatic by 2018, and the initial capacity would be about two billion cubic metres of gas annually. "That does not mean giving up on the land terminal, but at this point we believe that we can ensure the stability of the market with a floating terminal", he said.
Interferry: Diverse Operations Common Successes
In October the world’s ferry operators gathered in Split Croatia for the Forty Second Annual Interferry Conference. The 470 or so delegates represented 210 operators and support companies from 27 countries. A trade show included firms from around the world including shipbuilders, naval architects, equipment suppliers, training and others of the diverse group that make up the ferry industry. In a panel on Mediterranean Ferries, Philippe Holthof, of the Belgian-based Shipax explained the huge size and complexity of the fleet.
Transas Supplies Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator To Croatia
Transas has supplied a full-mission bridge simulator, Navi-Trainer Professional 3000, to the training center of Split Ship Management, Croatia, to be officially opened on March 1, 2001. This will be the most advanced simulator training facility of its type in the country. The focus of the new simulator will be the Main Bridge, which will be provided with seven visual channels permitting a 210-degree panoramic view. Other bridge equipment will consist of a maneuvering console with a conning display station and overhead panel; two ARPA/ radar stations; and an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) console. Also provided…
KMSS Wins Contract
Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has won the contract to supply its integrated monitoring and control system to two Suezmax tankers currently under construction at Split Shipyard, Croatia. The tankers are owned by Tankerska Plovidba d.d., of Zadar in Croatia. The delivery will include the KMSS AutroCargo GL-100 radar based cargo level gauging system. Ballast and service level gauging will be monitored by the KMSS GT302/303 pressure transmitters. The monitoring and control system will be managed from the KMSS DataChief C20 machinery automation system. The delivery also includes two Local Operator Stations (LOS) connected directly to the controller area network.
Sri Lanka’s Dockyard Says Only Talks no Shipyards
Colombo Dockyard Ltd. (CDL) said it was in the preliminary stage of talks with Croatian shipbuilders on possible collaboration but says there is no joint venture plan for a yard in Hambantota. It said in a statement to the Colombo Stock Exchange that the idea of possible collaboration in shipbuilding between Croatia and Sri Lanka was mooted by the Sri Lanka mission in Vienna. Last Thursday, minister for enterprise development and investment promotion, Sarath Amunugama, said there had been talks between Sri Lanka and Croatia on setting up ship-building facilities in Hambantota and talks have started with Colombo Dockyard. His remarks were made at the opening of a supply chain hub for the supermarket chain Marks & Spencer at Global Park in Seeduwa.
Multraship Recovers Sunken Fishing Vessel
Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship and Croatia-based diving specialist Hidroinžinjering have recovered the fishing vessel Marinero 1, which sank in January 2009 off Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia. The 31.75 m-long vessel sunk in a water depth of . An ROV inspection revealed that, although the vessel has suffered stern, rudder and propeller damage, there was no other visible damage to the hull. The ROV also showed that the vessel was lying on a sandy bottom with a 20-degree portside list which would allow lifting slings to be positioned beneath it.
Croatia Ratifies Wreck Removal Treaty
International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by Croatia, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 37. The Convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. The treaty was adopted in 2007 and its Contracting States currently represent just over 70% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage.
Croatia Now Protecting World Food Program Vessel
After three months of operating with the European Union Naval Force, a maritime protection team from Serbia handed over its World Food Program (WFP) vessel protection duties to Croatia. The handover ceremony took place on December 28, 2014, in Djibouti. The Serbian team has spent the past three months embarked in WFP vessel, MV MSM Douro, providing protection at sea from pirate attacks along the Somali coast. Members of the Croatian Forces will be embarked in MV MSM Douro for up to four months. Since the EU Naval Force began protecting WFP vessels in 2009, none have been attacked or pirated.
DoD Awards Two Ship Repair Contracts
The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded a contract to Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac D.D., Rijeka, Croatia, for the 'USS Mount Whitney', and a contract modification to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California for work on 'USS Boxer'. Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac D.D., Rijeka, Croatia, is being awarded a $21,383,394 firm-fixed-price contract for a 179-day Extended Service Life Program, dry docking and ship repair of USS Mount Whitney. The ship's primary mission is to provide communication, command, and control support to U.S. Navy forces at sea.
CMA CGM Rolls out Adrimed Express Line
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, has announced the new service offer Adrimed Express which directly links the ports of the Adriatic Sea and Egypt. This innovative, fast and reliable service links Egypt, Malta, Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia. Thanks to a call in Malta, a CMA CGM group’s hub, efficient transshipment connections are offered to worldwide markets. This service, which is especially designed for perishable goods transportation in reefer containers, offers the best transit times on the market between the Adriatic Sea and Egypt.
ClassNK Holds PrimeManagement Seminars
ClassNK has, for the first time, held ClassNK PrimeManagement seminars in Europe. The seminars convened in Constanta, Romania, on 24 October and in Split, Croatia, on 26 October 2012. More than 70 participants attended each event. Croatia and Romania are among the leading suppliers of seafarers to the global fleet, providing many officers to Japanese flag LNG vessels and VLCCs. The seminars were held with the full support of the Croatian and Romanian crewing associations and were attended by representatives of local shipping companies, government officials, maritime education and training institute officials, marine consultants and others.
Concordia Maritime Stena Paris
Concordia Maritime took delivery of the MR tanker Stena Paris built at Brodosplit Shipyard in Split, Croatia. Stena Paris is the first P-MAX tanker in a series of six vessels built at Brodosplit Shipyard. Stena Paris is on a five year charter to the French oil company TOTAL.
Brodosplit Delivers Product Tanker
Concordia Maritime’s product tanker Stena Perros has been delivered from Brodosplit Shipyard, Croatia. The vessel has been signed to a 5-year time charter with the French oil and energy company TOTAL to transport refined products. The Stena Perros, a so-called P-MAX tanker, is the sixth in a series of ten units ordered.
Croatia's Brodotrogir Shipyard May Have No Future
According to a report from www.balkans.com, after recent talks in Brussels between the European Union and Croatia on the matter of shipbuilding industry, Croatian Parliament representative Jerko Rosin of the ruling HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) has suggested the Brodotrogir Shipyard in the southern town of Trogir has no economic future. (Source: www.balkans.com)