The city previously acquired a 48.75% stake in the company and has become the majority owner after the city-owned company UTD Ragusa acquired another 2.75%. At a general shareholders’ assembly on 22 November, Dubrovnik Port was authorized to buy 8.99% of its shares from the Atlantska Plovidba shipping company.
The mayor told the press that today was a historic day and decision for the future of Dubrovnik Port and the management of the city’s waters.
“In recent years attempts were made to devalue Dubrovnik Port and award the cruise ship terminal project to another company. That would have made the port’s future questionable and now we have changed all that.”
Franković said that after 15 years the obligations to the government had been fulfilled and that, together with it, a procedure was launched to award a concession for the construction of a cruise ship terminal in the port. He hopes Dubrovnik Port “will soon get a priority concession.”
The company’s director Željko Raguž said the next step, in order to get the concession, is to amend the urban plan with regard to the city’s port.
He said Dubrovnik Port would end 2021 with a profit of over HRK 2 million (€266,000).
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