Croatian struggling 3. Maj Shipyard announced the completion of the construction of a bulk carrier for Algoma, Canadian shipping company, which the latter cancelled last year after 3. Maj failed to meet its contractual obligations.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the City of Dubrovnik signed a Memorandum of Understanding to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik through responsible tourism management. The agreement also aims to establish Dubrovnik as a model of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic.
The European Commission greenlights Croatian plans to support the construction and operation of a LNG terminal at Krk island, as they are in compliance with the EU state aid rules. The project will participate in the security and diversification of energy supplies.
The Dubrovnik Port Authority made a leap to better-monitor the quality of the environment and the air of the busiest cruise ship ports in Croatia. The port installed an air quality measuring station to be able to measure the environmental, air, sea and land pollution and also the port is able to know who is behind the pollution.
The Croatian authorities are using EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to boost their coast guard functions, as to monitor vessel traffic, conduct search and rescue procedures and detection and monitoring of marine pollution.
Adriatic Gate Container Terminal, the Croatian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) at the Port of Rijeka, is set to realize an expansion plan up to mid-2020 that is expected to facilitate the berthing of vessels with a length overall of up to 400 meters.
During a mission to Croatia, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton met with the Croatian Ship Manning Association and the Mare Nostrum Shipowner Association, along with ITF’s affiliate Seafarers Union of Croatia, to discuss how to protect working conditions for the country’s seafarers. Mario Zorovic, managing director of CROSMA, said that it employs 8,000 seafarers, with Croatia following all major conventions and regulations.
After several complaints by NGOs and EU Parliament members, the European Commission conducted an audit during September 2018, regarding the live export industry in the Croatian port of Raša. The report indicates various animal welfare issues for European animals that are being exported to the Middle East and North Africa.
Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik saw another cancelled newbuilding order, involving the construction of a livestock carrier by an owner in Kuwait. This happens as the shipyard has been in financial trouble for months and workers are on a strike, as they have not received their wages for months.
Croatian police authorities have arrested 12 people as part of investigations into a corruption scandal of financially distressed shipbuilder Uljanik, due to allegations of ‘abuse of trust in financial transactions’ and fraud. The country’s Ministry of the Interior said the police started investigations into Uljanik in September 2018.
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