Nikola Dobroslavić: First Step Made on Dubrovnik-Lastovo Connection

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 2nd of June, 2019, Dubrovnik-Neretva County prefect Nikola Dobroslavić attended a public consultation on the national plan for the development of coastal maritime traffic by 2030.

The Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, together with the Faculty of Maritime Studies of the University of Rijeka initiated a project for the development of a mid-term strategic document entitled ”National Development Plan for Coastal Maritime Traffic by 2030”, which is now in its final stages of creation, and which is above all very necessary for any future financing of Croatia’s multiple port projects and their required infrastructure from EU funds.

”It’s good that such a plan has been launched to come up with a solution [for the direct Dubrovnik-Lastovo connection]. We have an indented coastline and numerous islands, and the connection between the islands and the mainland is very important to us. On our part, we’ve come up with a number of projects that need to contribute to linking [the mainland and the islands], and we’ve prepared projects for eight new ports that will create connectivity prerequisites.

These ports are included the national plan, and it’s important that other ports are evaluated. It’s important for us to have a liner connection, especially to our islands by sea. It is important that the islands also have vessels with a good capacity and speed and that they have sufficient number of links,” said Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić, pointing out that the first step has now been taken in getting a new direct Dubrovnik-Lastovo ferry line.

”I believe that the next national plan will adopt all of the other necessary conditions and that ultimately all of the stakeholders will be satisfied,” concluded Dobroslavić.

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