Croatian Shipyards Generate Work for Other Local Manufacturers

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Suzana Varosanec writes, owing to the dynamic development of cooperation between Norwegian fishing boat customers who purchase from Croatian shipbuilders and CroNoMara, there are now as many as four Croatian shipyards which are Norwegian partners – the Iskra shipyard in Sibenik, Tehnomont, shipyard Ostro and Nuic Nautika.

When it comes to their products and their full compliance with delivery deadlines, even the coronavirus crisis failed to prove to be a threat, as shown by the ordered deliveries, but it isn’t the same case with new orders.

As many as four vessels from the Sibenik-based shipyard have been delivered over the last ten days, five more are currently under construction, each worth one million euros, but overall, this year the Norwegian share of business seems to have fallen somewhat.

While the Sibenik shipyard’s 20 million in revenue back during 2020 brought 14 million euros in jobs for the Norwegians, the pandemic is slowing down new orders in 2021 as those ships are used in the salmon industry for the tourism market which is recording a sharp decline.

The solution lies in new Croatian business: they will soon start with Tehnomont in the realisation of a project for search and rescue at sea, worth 60 million kuna, involving the construction of six ships.

Cooperation is clearly expanding and work ships for Norway are reducing their share of imports. When it comes to aluminum catamarans and single hulls as work and service ships in the aquaculture sector, these works done by Croatian shipyards encourage the development of the local component through the installation of materials and equipment of the manufacturer.

According to Ana Zajc, a senior project consultant at CroNoMar, in the beginning, the ships were equipped exclusively from imports, while today Croatian producers participate in at least 40 percent of that part of business.

Croatian shipyards, as emphasised by Zajc, have had their high quality of provided services confirmed, and they’ve also been commended for their flexibility, because the models and equipment of these Croatian built ships are always adapted to the needs of the end customer and different types of ships can be constructed in Croatian shipyards.

So far, 118 ships have been built and delivered to the Norwegian market.

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