At the 13th session held on 22 December 2016, the government adopted a decision to reinstate the coastal ferry line from Rijeka to Dubrovnik.
HRTurizam reports on 24 December 2016 that the adopted decision defines the state ferry, fast-ship and ship lines of particular public and economic interest of the Republic of Croatia. After a two-year break, to re-introduce the so-called “coastal ferry line” from Rijeka – Split – Stari Grad – Korcula – Sobra – Dubrovnik is great news for both tourists and citizens.
The same decision is also being sought for the local ferry line from Split – Stari Grad which is planned to provide 21 return trips a week in the preseason, 35 return trips a week in the mid season, and 49 return trips a week in the high season.
The new schedule will be announced at the website of the agency for maritime transport www.agencija-zolpp.hr. “Taking care of the needs of the island’s population, as well as the adjustment of the line’s current situation, the new decision includes 53 maintained lines. The decision increases the capacity of the frequency of lines, provides better connections for the islands with the mainland, and helps the development of tourism and the development of the islands,” said Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković.
In addition, the two lines that have so far only been a character of the season will now also become year-round – the coastal line from Rijeka – Dubrovnik and Pula – Zadar.
In conclusion, the government points out that the revision of the state budget for 2016 increased budgetary funds intended to subsidize the line by 35 million kuna, and the budget for 2017, for the same purpose, provided 5 million kuna more than in 2016.