Government decision for the ships entering Croatia

It is prohibited for ships in international navigation that have the obligation of self-isolation or quarantine to enter in any of the ports in the Republic of Croatia.

The exceptions to this decision are:

– all ships of Croatian nationality
– all ships sailing in the Republic of Croatia for the transport of goods
– passenger ships without passengers arriving in the Republic of Croatia for lay up
– all ships entering the shipyards for repair

This decision is valid until 19.04.2020.

Peljesac Bridge Project in Ploce

Mv Zhen Hua 7 arrived in Ploce on 25.12.2018 with equipment for building the Peljesac Bridge.

“Ship about 240 meters long. There are four smaller ships on it for construction. One of them is the largest drilling rig in the world, “said Zhang Dong, representative of CRBC.

” We also have two test pilots. One is 130 meters long. This is the longest in the world. We have another fifteen ships that will arrive on the construction site by the February, “Dong adds.

At the end of January, he claims that the works will begin. ” About 300 workers will work on the construction of the bridge.

” The customs office has approved the temporary importation of the equipment and in the process is the submission of a customs declaration ‘, explains Nikola Batinović, the customs officer.

Before working on the foundations of the bridge will be carried nailing test pilots where it will be tested the adequacy of selected equipment and verify all procedures provided for in the embodiment of the main works on the foundation, said the Croatian roads representative.

Work on ramming test pilots are expected in the second half of January 2019, work on the construction of the foundation of the bridge is expected immediately after the completion of the test pilots.

The inhabitants of southern Croatia will have to wait until the first run through the Peljesac Bridge till 2021.


COSCO Shipping in Ploce

COSCO owns the third largest shipping fleet in the world and currently does business with the Port of Rijeka where it has been present since 2009 as well as Slovenia’s Koper port for freight transport to central European countries.

In 2016, COSCO bought a majority ownership package in the Greek Port of Piraeus which has become the company’s main Mediterranean hub for freight transport.

Smaller ships then transport freight containers to Adriatic ports and COSCO wants to add Ploče to its list of destinations from where it will be able to service the growing demand in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “We expect a lot in the coming period on the market in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Lekić told reporters noting that imports and exports to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina have recorded a constant growth in the past five years.

Lekić said that negotiations were underway for Ploče to be established as a freight container terminal. The idea is to establish regular train freight container transport which would revitalise railway connections toward Bosnia and Herzegovina which is now occasionally used for freight trains.

COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd, headquartered in Shanghai, is an enterprise specially engaged in international and domestic container shipping and related services. Its fleet comprises 1,118 vessels with a total capacity of 92 million tonnes of freight. To date it has invested in 51 port terminals around the globe.




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Tanker Damages Terminal at Ploce Port

According to local media, the tanker smashed into the dock causing a portion of the quay wall and the unloading infrastructure to fall into the sea and sink.

The vessel in question has been identified as STI Poplar, a Marshall Islands-flagged oil/chemical tanker built in 2014.

Based on the vessel’s latest AIS data from Marine Traffic, it is anchored in the Croatian port, where it arrived from Sarroch, Italy on August 8.

The port authority said that due to the damages inflicted by the collision it has banned utilization of the docking facility.

It is not clear when the terminal will resume operation, however, the authority said it was taking all necessary activities to avoid further damages being inflicted and reopen the docking facility as soon as possible.

The cause of the accident is yet to be determined, however, several causes are being investigated including the role of pilots, tugs that were pulling the vessel into the dock as well as the vessel’s captain and crew.

Since the unloading facility has been closed, oil supply across Dalmatia is likely to be affected, taking into account that other vessels will also have to wait for a solution to be made to unload oil.

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Croatia | New Visa Regime

Within the preparation for access to the Schengen area, the EU and the MFA require the Ministry of Interior Affairs to take measures to reduce the number of issued visas at the border.
Schengen practice permits the issuance of visas at the border crossing, but only under exceptional circumstances in which seafarers must urgently travel to the Republic of Croatia and cannot obtain a visa in time.

In practice, this means that joiner’s which are not holding Schengen uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, must obtain Croatian visa at consular offices of the Republic of Croatia (Embassy, Consulate) in their respective countries.
The following procedure is established:

1. Maritime Agency submits to the seafarer a Letter of Invitation (no original required).
2. Seaman must request a visa at the Consular Representation of the Republic of Croatia or in the Visas Center, and present:

– Visa application form completed and signed (
– Valid passport.
– Portrait photo 35 x 45 mm.
– Proof of visa payment.
– Agency Letter of Invitation.
– Proof of seafarers’ professional status (Seaman’s book).
– Proof of travel (airline ticket). No proof of travel health insurance is required.
A one-year visa may be issued to seafarers who have issued at least two Croatian or shingle visas in the last two years. A double-entry visa is issued with a validity period of fewer than 6 months.

Exceptionally, in case the seafarer is traveling from a country where the Republic of Croatia does not have consular representation, a visa can be issued at the arrival airport. In that case, the agent must explain the reasons for submitting the visa application at the border crossing.
More details can be found at

For off signers under visa regime, everything remains the same. We need passport copy and minimum two days’ notice to make all formalities timely.

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