New Life for Enfeebled Uljanik Shipyard: Jobs for 500 Former Employees?

Lauren Simmonds

Croatian shipbuilding has been in dire straits, and when you hear the name ”Uljanik”, it conjures up images of a failing Croatian shipyard struggling to pay the bills, or should we say employees. However, is a new breath of life on the way for the burdened Uljanik shipyard? Maybe…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 31st of December, 2019, it is becoming increasingly certain that Pula’s Uljanik shipyard will soon get a much needed spring put back in its tired step. According to what is currently unofficial information, the business plan for the continuation of shipbuilding at the Uljanik shipyard should be considered by the Croatian Government in mid-January 2020.

By approving this new strategy, which, at the request of bankruptcy administrator of Uljanik d.d. Marija Ružić, with the support of the bankruptcy trustee of the Uljanik shipyard Loris Rak, created an expert team of Uljanik employees, and as the largest creditor to the Pula shipyard, the state would consider completing the construction of New Build (Novogradnja) 526, and thus employ approximately 500 former workers, writes Glas Istre.

According to that plan, the continuation of activities at the Uljanik shipyard would be continued through the company Uljanik Brodogradnja (Shipbuilding) 1856, which was founded last year by the Uljanik shipyard.

The new daughter company would be the ”destination” of the transfer of concessions and of course the actual construction of ships. Optimism about the possibility of continuing shipbuilding in Pula can be partly reflected in a statement by Economy Minister Darko Horvat, who confirmed late last week after meeting with representatives of the Government that this business plan was “finally coherent” and that its implementation could soon be discussed.

In addition, if there is a positive outcome to the scheduled January meeting, the minister hinted that solutions equivalent to those found in Rijeka’s 3 Maj shipyard could be applied to the Uljanik shipyard.

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