Western Part of Cres Port Taking on New Look, Works in Full Swing

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 3rd of December, 2019, the implementation of the project at the western part of Cres Port will definitely ensure better connectivity of the inhabited islands of the surrounding archipelago, and by connecting the bus and maritime terminals, it will also facilitate the daily life and movement of the inhabitants of the gorgeous island of Cres.

At the beginning of September this year, preparatory work on the project for the reconstruction and upgrading of the western part of Cres Port began, and the outlines of the future new vision and identity of the city of Cres, more specifically the entire island itself, are already visible. It is an investment worth almost 40 million kuna, of which almost 30 million kuna was co-financed through the Operational Program for Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.

”The results of two months of intensive work are already visible and are rising above the sea’s surface, and I’m glad that everything is going according to the planned dynamics. So far, the construction has been demolished and the pilots have been drilled, reinforcement nets have been set, and all of that has been fitted to its proper positions. The first seven pilots were set, and at the same time, the construction of prefabricated elements began at a separate site,” explained the director of the Cres County Port Authority, Anton Opatić, adding that the realisation of this valuable project brings a new level of quality to Cres Port that will enable year-round ship lines, and thus enhance connectivity with surrounding medical and educational centres.

The project will see an external breakwater with a total length of about 185 metres and a width of about 6 metres built, it will also arrange a land port of about 280 metres in length.

The completion of the Cres Port project is planned for the end of 2021, which will provide the necessary protection of the aquatorium within the port area of Cres Port, that is, the protection of the bay against the effects of waves and wind and other harsh elements, which directly affect the preservation of the property (vessels) of the inhabitants of Cres during bad weather.

In addition to all of the above, adequate mooring and berth security will be provided for liners in all-year liner navigation, better access will be arranged for persons with reduced mobility, bus and maritime terminals will be connected, the passenger terminal will be more accessible to delivery vehicles and emergency service vehicles, and the overall quality and safety of pedestrian access will be increased.

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