Korčula, November 10, 2022 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Oleg Butković, accompanied by a member of the Croatian Parliament, Mr. Branko Bačić, Prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Mr. Nikola Dobroslavić, Mayor of the City of Korčula, Mrs. Nika Silić Marojević, member of the Management Board of ACI d.d., Mr. Josip Ostrogović, President of the Management Board of ACI d.d., Mr. Kristijan Pavić and numerous other guests, visited the port of Trpanj, where the works in the framework of the reconstruction project of the part of the port open to public traffic have been completed. This was followed by a tour of the construction site of the new port of Korčula – Port of Polačište. The end of this working visit ended in the newly renovated ACI marina Korčula.
During this working visit, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Oleg Butković, emphasized the importance of one of the largest projects in the port infrastructure, namely the Port of Polačište. One of a total of five projects that are co-financed by European funds in Dubrovnik-Nertvan County. A large investment cycle has been launched in the Croatian port infrastructure. More precisely, today around HRK 2 billion is being invested in port renovation projects and the construction of new ports, both with European and national funds. The reconstruction of the breakwater in ACI Marina Korčula is one of the national investments. The Minister congratulated the Management of ACI, which had the courage and courage to implement the reconstruction project. He concluded that a renaissance is currently happening on the Croatian coast, and Dubrovnik-Neretva County is leading it.
One of the projects that are part of that renaissance is the just-mentioned reconstruction of the Korčula ACI marina, which has undergone a complete transformation over the past two years; the breakwater was rebuilt, a new electrical and plumbing infrastructure was installed, a hydrant network and WiFi internet access was improved. The main breakwater is almost 300 meters long and provides the majority of berths in the season, and its reconstruction significantly increased the stability and safety of this port of nautical tourism, which was the most important goal. Better protection against adverse weather conditions, especially strong northerly winds, is provided. In addition, since the marina is located in the immediate vicinity of the city walls and is itself one of the lifeblood of the city, the breakwater is lined with stone, which completely integrated the marina into the visual identity of the city. In the coming years, it is planned to cover the middle ghat and the coastal plateau with stone, which will give the marina a completely new look. The entire marina will thus eventually be covered with stone and will fit perfectly into the pearl of the Adriatic island, the beautiful Korčula.
“The fruits of the investments were already visible this season, in which ACI Marina Korčula welcomed sailors from all over the world in a new outfit. According to the results, we can say that this season in the ACI marinas in the south, there has been stabilization. Investments in infrastructure and development in accordance with the needs of the island of Korčula are certainly a pledge for a pleasant stay for boaters in a safe harbor in the very center of the beautiful island of Korčula, as well as the further growth of Croatian nautical tourism and tourism in general,” stressed the president of the ACI Board, Mr. Kristijan Pavić.
Photo: Dinko Franotović