Port of Sibenik Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project



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Approval date:

27 Apr 2010



PSD disclosed:

07 Jul 2009

Project Description

The proceeds of the EBRD loan will be used for the extension and reconfiguring of the passenger wharves at Quay Vrulje. The extension and rehabilitation of the wharves is required to increase the capacity of the existing infrastructure within the port area to allow for more efficient processing of the island ferry traffic and the entry of medium sized cruise ships into the port area.

The rehabilitation of the Sibenik port infrastructure is being implemented as part of the Government’s long-term investment strategy is to support the expansion of the tourism network in Croatia. The importance of efficient local transport infrastructure is recognised as one of the key factors to ensure the quality of service and expansion of the tourist offer in Croatia outside the limited number of major/well-known tourist hubs such as Dubrovnik and Istria.

Transition Impact

  • Frameworks for markets/ Institution building
    The conditions of the Bank’s financing will include implementation of a Management Information Systems (MIS) to cover financial reporting, traffic analysis and projections, investment planning, etc. The Bank will support this effort by mobilising grant funding to assist with the introduction of the methodology for the Plan.
  • Private ownership/ new private provision of goods and services
    The loan agreement will include a covenant requiring the Port Authority to launch the tender for the private sector concession for the passenger terminal by a specified date. By increasing port capacity, the extended berth area will result in a higher commercial value for the envisaged concession.
  • Transfer of skills
    (a) the supporting TC component will include training modules for the Port management;
    (b) the preparation and completion of the open tendering procedure will provide valuable skills transfer in the procurement area, which can then be expanded and built upon during the subsequent second phase of the port development and preparation of the private concession tender.
  • Demonstration effect
    The MIS system package prepared for PSA will offer an opportunity to replicate similar systems to other small and medium sized local ports in Croatia.


The Client

Port of Sibenik Authority – a statutory authority established to administer and manage the operations of Port of Sibenik in Croatia.

EBRD Finance

EUR 12 million loan.

Project Cost

EUR 15 million.

Environmental Impact

The Project has been screened as B/1.

According to the Croatian environmental requirements, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for this project was required and it was carried out by local consulting company, EKONERG, Zagreb in 2008. A review of this EIA was undertaken by EBRD’s ESD. A visit to Sibenik Port and project site was carried out by EBD’s environmental and social specialists. During site visit no significant social impacts of the project were identified.

The main potential environmental impacts in EIA were identified including:

(i) effects of underwater excavations,
(ii) pollution caused by oil and oil derivatives spills,
(iii) pollution by sewerage discharge,
(iv) pollution by anti-fouling paints,
(v) noise caused by increased traffic, and
(vi) visual impacts on the bay landscape.

The EIA recommended adequate measures to reduce these potential environmental impacts. These impacts include preparing a waste management plan, identifying procedures for dealing with sewerage from ships using the port and preventing the use of harmful anti-fouling agents. The EIA concluded that the potential impacts are limited and temporary in terms of their environmental impact magnitude and significance. As a part of EIA process, the Company has disclosed EIA for public comments according to Croatian legal requirements and carried out public hearing in January 2008. No comments and/or questions were received.

Based on the EIA, environmental permit was issued by the Croatian Ministry for Physical Planning and Environmental Protection on 28 February 2008 defining detailed environmental protection measures to be implemented during project preparation, implementation and its operation. In addition, Sibenik Port Authority also provided to EBRD legally required documents which specified hazardous material, waste and ballast water management. Further, an emergency spill procedures and procedures for using the Sibenik Port facilities were provided.

Technical Cooperation

Envisaged technical cooperation to be sought includes assistance in implementation of the MIS port system and consultancy assistance in project implementation.

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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