Shipbuilding in Croatia: From war giants to modern sailing ships
Shipbuilding in Croatia
From war giants to modern sailing ships
More than 6000 square meters of white sails were proudly spread recently on a 162 m long sailing ship, as they sailed across the Split water area, providing the world a stellar display of Croatian shipbuilding tradition.
There is another “icebreaker” from the Croatian slipways that has caught the eye of the global public. It is a luxury cruise ship designed for polar expeditions, whose interior design as well as the quantity and quality of features far surpass anything currently offered on multi-day cruise ships. Not specific enough? Then imagine flying over the Arctic in one of the two available helicopters, submarine diving, adventure kayaking and paddling in inflatable dinghies and then returning to the cosy ship equipped with spa salons and swimming pools and choosing from a variety of first-class worldwide cuisines, add a few other surprises and you will realise that the ships leaving the slipways of Pula are operating on a completely different level.
Shipbuilding in Croatia ranks among the best in the world
It is impossible to name all the feats of Croatian shipbuilding of this and the last century, ranging from the construction of merchant ships, warships, multi-purpose and specialised vessels to building the largest tanker in the Adriatic – the impressive 335 m long Kanchenjunga, or repurposing the minelayer Galeb as a school ship.
During an attack at early dawn on 10 June 1918, the ship was struck by two Italian torpedoes, and has been lying on the seabed off the islet of Premuda as the ultimate diving attraction ever since.
With these “living” giants of Croatian shipbuilding sailing the world’s oceans, it should come as no surprise that Croatian shipyards have won 27 Ship of the Year Awards over the last 50 years since it was established.