The Republic of Croatia counts six ports open for public traffic of outstanding (international) economic importance and those are the ports: Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče and Dubrovnik. The State budget of the Republic of Croatia invested in those ports during the period 2004-2007 a total amount of over EUR 52 million for the construction of capital infrastructural project . During the period of 2001 – 2005 the investments in port infrastructure amounted up to EUR 67 million and for the time of 2006-2013 the planned investment for the six ports will reach the total sum of EUR 531 million.
The Rijeka Gateway Project (total value of USD 55.1 million) develops according to the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Croatia passed on 30 April 2003 and 12 July 2003 and a loan secured by the IBRD and the Port authority Rijeka as well as financial means coming from the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia (till 2009).
At a session on 25 April 2007, the Croatian Government assented the conclusion of an agreement worth EUR 25.3 million between the Port authority Rijeka and The World Bank for financing additional costs regarding reconstruction projects of river transport routes.
Further reconstruction project costs amount up to over EUR 40.1 million which will be secured through a EUR 35.5 million loan and an additional amount of EUR 4.8 million coming from the Government. The whole reconstruction project of the Rijeka transport route should be finalized by the year 2009 with a total value of EUR 320 million.
Reconstruction activities include the rehabilitation of the submarine area and the building of a new wharf as a container terminal instead of a multifunctional terminal which demands additional means for the fortification of the wall structure of the wharf.
The Rijeka Gateway Project includes:
1. Reconstruction of the Viennese and Prague coast will create an important 4 hectares operating area.
2. The building of an infrastructural corridor 2.5 km long will secure a quality traffic route along the western part of the port. Reconstructed lines of all installations and reconstructed railroad tracks will be part of the corridor.
3. Besides the Zagreb coast, there are plans for the building of a new coast which will be 1.200 meters long. Although the first phase will include only the construction of a 300 meter coast line, the newly built coast area will cover a space of 10 hectares and it will be used for the transshipment of general cargo.
4. The passenger terminal is located at the root of the Rijeka mole. The final layout of the terminal will include two berths for passenger ships and a building for the reception of passengers.
With the entire realization of the project, preconditions will be created for the further development of cargo and passenger transport in the port of Rijeka. Additional gains are the specialization of the terminal and the possibility of future investments in port operations.
A contract regarding the loan for the Project of transport integration and trade in the port of Ploče was signed with the World Bank on 20 November 2008. The total loan amounted up to EUR 70 million - EUR 58.8 million provided by a World Bank loan and the rest of EUR 11.2 million by an EBRD loan (contract signed in 2007). The Government of Croatia participated in the whole project with 25%, i.e. EUR 25 million.
The Project foresees the building of a terminal for bulk cargo with the capacity of 5 million tonnes per year and the construction start is set for spring 2008 with a planned finalization by the end of 2010. Also planned is the construction of a multipurpose/container terminal, the building activities are expected to last from spring 2007 till mid 2009.
With the realization of the construction of a container terminal the port of Ploče gains an additional operating surface of 12 hectares and a 300 meters long coast for the accommodation of container ships. Supra-structural objects will operate based on concessions after soliciting for tenders.
The project of building a terminal for bulk cargo results with a new port surface of 25 hectares and a new 300 meters long coast for the accommodation of ships. This project will satisfy the economic needs of the neighboring country Bosnia and Herzegovina and of other entrepreneurs of countries linked to the 5 C corridor. The supra-structure will be built according to the models Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) or Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Contracts regarding the loan for construction activities related to the new port of Zadar located in Gaženica were signed on 7 September 2007, reaching the total value of EUR 220 million. The mentioned amount will be used for the re-location of the ferry-port out of the city’s historic center and for the construction of a new ferry-port in Gaženica, 3.5 km to the south from the city center. The start of the construction of the terminal is planned for the next year, with a planned finalization date by 2012.
The first phase, besides the construction of the embankment, will also include the construction of the passenger terminal for domestic and international lines and a fishing port, while additional objects like hotels will be finalized during the second phase.
The realization of the project will decrease the pressure of passenger ships on the historic part of the city, creating a modern passenger port with the capacity to accommodate all types of passenger ships and Ro Ro ships. In that way a new port surface will be created, 250.000 square meters large, with a total length of 3.000 meters. The maximum depth along the coastline will reach 13 meters, which will allow the acceptance of even the largest ships and cruisers. In that manner the problem of maritime passenger traffic regarding the city of Zadar, will be solved.
The construction of a passenger terminal (appraised value EUR 4 million) is planned for Šibenik, while the supra-structure will be constructed based on a concession on grounds of an international tender.
Currently the city of Šibenik is without an adequate passenger terminal, and the traffic partly takes place along the shore which is specified for the transshipment of cargo. With the construction of a passenger terminal the question of passenger traffic at the port of Šibenik will remain solved for a long time. Another problem which will be taken care of is the acceptance of cruisers, as well as the question of creating adequate working space for the harbormaster’s office, customs and port authority.
The project of building summer berths and a Ro-Ro terminal in the port of Split in the total value of approx. EUR 2.7 million will be financed via a commercial loan secured through the Port Authority Split, vouched for by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. Objects of supra- structure will be constructed based on a concession on grounds of an international tender.
On 17 August 2007 this port was extended for an additional 146 meters of embankment, based on the expansion and construction work performed on the St. Peter mole. Now this largest Croatian port is able to accept a 180 meters long cruiser.
The construction did cost up to almost EUR 4 million, the money was a joint investment of the Port Authority and the State. Besides the berths, a ferry port was added to the southern side of the mole. All of that did unburden the rest of the port which is on of the largest in Croatia and the third-largest in the Mediterranean with 3.5 million passengers and over 646.000 vehicles transported in the year 2006.
Plans are that traffic should increase up to as much as 7 million passengers along with the growth of the number of vehicles, so that a reinforcement of infrastructure is inevitable.
Realization of the Contract for Loan from EBRD designated for the construction of the shore infrastructure in the port of Dubrovnik (value up to EUR 26.5 million). Also planned is the building of the supra-structure based on a concession on grounds of an international tender.
With the realization of the project a new 900 meters long shoreline will be created, suitable for the acceptance of cruisers. The project will also result in a new 15.000 square meters large surface which will allow the parallel acceptance up to 3 modern cruisers as well as the loading/unloading of 10.000 passengers, simultaneously. With the building of infrastructure, preconditions are created for the construction of objects on land which include a passenger terminal, garage, supermarket or hotel-casino according to the models Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) or Public Private Partnership (PPP).