Rijeka, Croatia (PortSEurope) November 10, 2019 – During an interview with the Croatian radio and television broadcaster HRT, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic said that the government was planning to build new ships for the Jadrolinija liner company.
“HRK 20 billion is being invested in transport infrastructure, and the procurement of a new fleet for Jadrolinija should have gone better. We got one catamaran, and I won’t even tell you what the average age of the ships is,” Butkovic said. He praised all the workers and sailors who pulled off the season. He confirmed that the government was working on an action plan for the procurement of new ships – he hoped that they would be built in Croatian shipyards.
Tenders are underway and the contracting process should be completed in early 2020.
Jadrolinija is Croatia’s largest liner shipping company for the maritime transport of passengers and vehicles. Jadrolinija vessels is to connect major centres along the Croatian coast as well as numerous islands with the mainland. The carriage of passengers and vehicles is seasonal and closely related to the travel and tourism industry.
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