Until now, such ships were only produced at Chinese shipyards.
This month, two new ships built at Croatian shipyards were delivered to the international aquaculture market. The ships are aluminium catamarans built at NCP Shipyard in Šibenik, reports Jutarnji List on August 23, 2016.
One is 13.75 metres long, and the other is 15 metres long. The 15-metre-long ship is the second of this type ever produced in Croatia. Until now, such ships were made only in China. In addition to length, significant difference between the first and the second vessel is in technical solutions and improvements. The cost of the shorter ship is about 630,000 euros, while the larger one costs about 1.3 million euros.
By the end of August, two additional ships will be exported. One is a catamaran currently being built at the NCP Shipyard, while the other one is a service vessel which is being constructed at Tehnomont. The ship which is under construction at NCP has been sold to Iceland and is currently in the last stage of adjustments in accordance with Icelandic shipbuilding rules. The ship being built at Tehnomont is worth more than three million euros and will be used at fish farms in Norway.
Since Croatia is a country which wants to attract investment projects of higher added value and which are related to modern technologies and innovations, the project of building ships for export was launched in 2010. They are competitive on the markets due to their quality and price.
“The project has been implemented through the CroNoMar company whose main goal is to connect Croatian and Norwegian companies, identify market needs and facilitate access to new markets in order to strengthen the competitiveness and export potential of Croatian entrepreneurs”, said Ana Zajc, a senior project consultant at CroNoMar. In the last five years, 54 catamarans have been constructed. The total value of all deliveries amounts to about 45 million euros.
“Thanks to the quality of our products and competitiveness in relation to other producers, this project is continuing. Regardless of the type of ship and its purpose, every ship and every contract are specific and negotiated in accordance with the requirements of the end customer”, explained Ana Zajc.