How Much? Tender for Restoration of Tito’s ”Galeb” Opened Once Again

Lauren Simmonds

For a long time now, the City of Rijeka has been trying to see Tito’s old ”Galeb” ship, which is sitting dilapidated and abandoned – renovated. While some see the idea as a potential for tourism, others find it distasteful and wish the ship simply be sunk with the rest of its history. Despite the previous lack of interest, Rijeka has opened up yet another tender for interested parties.

As Morski writes on the 20th of June, 2019, the City of Rijeka has reopened the tender for the reconstruction of the Tito’s Galeb ship after the only offer they received during the last tender was that of the “Viktor Lenac” shipyard. 

The shipyard’s offer to the City of Rijeka for the old and dilapidated vessel which once belonged to Tito was deemed to be an unacceptable price in relation to their initially estimated one. Several months ago, after the necessary preparation, the second bid was announced.

The tender, along with VAT, is worth more than 40 million kuna, and in the process that took place before the actual tender was opened, four companies gave their remarks and suggestions and expressed an interest in converting Tito’s Galeb into a ship museum, according to a report from Novi list.

The new estimated value of the renovation of Tito’s Galeb (without VAT) now stands at 35.200.000 kuna, and things in this tender will be implemented in two groups. The first group refers to the reconstruction and conversion of Tito’s former ship into a ship museum with all of the necessary, accompanying commercial amenities, while the other group refers solely to restoration works on the vessel’s interior design.

It is estimated that the renovation and conversion of the Galeb ship will cost an enormous 33,600,000 kuna, and the restoration works on its interior design will cost 1,600,000 kuna (both prices are without VAT).

According to the first estimate, the renovation of Tito’s Galeb should cost a massive 26,565,000 kuna, which was announced in the first failed public procurement procedure, while the old offer from the Viktor Lenac shipyard amounted to 59,964 .856 kuna (without VAT), which the City of Rijeka deemed too high of a price.

Following the two conducted consultation procedures with the interested public which preceded the repeated procedure for the first group of works, a repeated public procurement procedure was issued for potentially turning the old ship into a ship museum with all of the necessary accompanying commercial facilities, with the deadline for submission for that tender being July the 23rd this year.

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