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.

A case of your need for some clarification please feel free to contact us at


USS Mount Whitney back to Viktor Lenac Shipyard

Under the terms of the contract, USS Mount Whitney will undergo the 3rd stage of its scheduled life-cycle maintenance to extend the life of this 1970s era command ship till 2039.

A long-term relationship between the US Navy and Viktor Lenac Shipyard began in 1993 when the United States Department of Defense – Department of the Navy and Viktor Lenac Shipyard signed the Master Agreement for Repair and Alteration of Vessels.

During the master agreement the shipyard carried out a few small-scope projects on several USN vessels in Croatian ports. USS Nashville was the first ship that underwent repairs within the premises of Viktor Lenac Shipyard.

Since 2011, the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command entrusted the USS Mount Whitney projects to Viktor Lenac Shipyard for 4 times.


KB Namdal Delivery in Tehnomont

On 28.08.2016 loading of 24 m service vessel for fish-farming industry, NB 100 named “KB Namdal”, took place at Pula anchorage near Tehnomont shipyard.
In collaboration with our colleagues from Bandic Maritime, Eldmarc rendered local agency services to heavy lifter Mv HHL Nile which loaded “KB Namdal” at anchorage Pula for her final destination in Norway.

The vessel continues sequence of 24 m service ships that Tehnomont builds for Norwegian customer Moen Marin AS, but this one is particular regarding high volume of specific equipment. Namely the vessel has ROV (small submarine) controlled from bridge, hydraulic gear for repair of mooring ropes needed for anchorage of cages (Fiber Rope Lock and Plat Holder), air compressors and system for divers bottles and other specific equipment for fish-farming industry.
Couple of pictures of our attendance in Pula (more photos you can find on our page at Google+):