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Approval date:

25 Jan 2005



PSD disclosed:

14 Sep 2013

Project Description

The proposed project will finance the extension of the berth area in the Port of Gruz, Dubrovnik as the first step in creating additional space for increased number and larger sizes of cruise vessels and adding valuable land area for planned future port area development under private sector concessions.

Transition Impact

  • Frameworks for markets/ Institution building. 
    There is an urgent need for strengthening the management framework at the Port Authority to ensure that the port’s operational strategy is based on commercially beneficial and financially sustainable principles.  The conditions of the Bank’s financing will include preparation of a medium term Business Plan as well as a Marketing Strategy, with particular focus on tariff policy and customer/market orientation.  
  • Private ownership/ new private provision of goods and services 
    The Bank's involvement in the Project will result in private sector development of the port area in Dubrovnik and opening of a market, traditionally operated by state-owned enterprises, to the private sector.  
  • Transfer of skills. 
    (a) the supporting TC component will include training modules for the Port management in business planning and market strategy preparation as well as the introduction of a dual accounting system and reporting under international financial reporting standards

    (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 development option adopted  in Dubrovnik, with the infrastructure upgrade linked closely to plans for private sector development of port property area, is expected to invite replication in other ports in the area.

The Client

Port of Dubrovnik Authority (PDA).

EBRD Finance

A loan of € 26.5 million.

Project Cost

€ 33.7 million.

Environmental Impact

According to the Croatian environmental requirements, EIA for this project was required and it was carried out by the the Croatian Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, September 2003.  A review of this EIA was prepared by Haskoning, the environmental consultancy, UK.
The main potential environmental impacts were identified including:
(i) effects of underwater mining operations, (ii) pollution caused by oil and oil derivates
(iii) pollution by sewerage discharge
(iv) pollution by anti-fouling paints
(v) noise caused by increased traffic
(vi) visual impacts on the bay landscape.
The EIA suggested adequate measures to reduce these potential environmental impacts.  These include preparing waste management plan, identifying procedures for dealing with sewerage from ships using the port, prevention of using harmful anti-fouling agents, comparing the road improvements planned in the City Master Plan to improve traffic and trasport.  The EIA concluded that the potential impacts are evaluated to be limited and temporary in terms of its environmental impact magnitude and significance.
Based on the EIA, Croatian Ministry for Environmental Protection and Physical Planning has defined detailed environmental protection measures which need to be implemented during project preparation, implementation and its operation.  Croatian legislation does not require public consultation to be carried out for this type of rehabilitation project.

Technical Cooperation

  • € 313,000 (Spanish, UK and US funds), already contracted out to prepare an information memorandum for potential investors/operators that may have an interest in financing and operating new passenger terminal facilities;
  • € 180,000 TC funded by the Dutch TC Fund for project  due diligence; completed;
  • € 200,000 TC assistance to be mobilised for UR 198,000 for assistance with institutional development of the Port Authority including introduction of IFRS accounting, preparation of the marketing strategy and business planning procedures.

Business opportunities

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