More superyacht repair and refit work may be undertaken in Croatia as a result of the planned restructuring of the Uljanik Group shipyards at Pula and Rijeka. Among the international companies which have shown interest in participating in the restructuring are Fincantieri and the Palumbo Group from Italy and the Dutch Damen Group. All three groups are active superyacht builders.
Alongside these international companies the Croatian Brodosplit shipyard is also bidding to become the strategic partner for Uljanik. The Pula yard is currently building a 165m (541ft) yacht-style cruise ship for the Australian Scenic company. In the past the Uljanik has built a number of yachts and undertaken repair and refit work although commercial work accounts for most of its activities.
A decision of the choice of strategic partner is due to be made today and it is known that at least two companies have submitted bids but their identities have not be released.
Another Croatian company that has expressed interest is Kermas Energija, a huge group with activities in real estate, mining and green energy across 11 countries. Under its real estate business this includes interest in a number of marinas in Croatia such as Marina Trogir and Marina St Katarina. The latter is part of the city of Pula.
Marina Trogir has been developed over a number of recent years and when completed is set to have over 400 berths, including 25 to 30 for superyachts between 50m (164ft) and 100m (328ft). Kermaas also owns the Brodotrogir Shipyard which is, and has been, involved in a number of superyacht projects.
As to Palumbo it has recently expanded its superyacht interests by taking over the operation of the former Mondomarine shipyard in Savona.