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25/04/11 13:05

Kraljevica’s last asphalt carrier launched for Tarbit

The Bit Redo is floating while the Croatian shipyards is hungry for new orders

Kraljevica, Croatia – Croatian shipyard Kraljevica launched Newbuilding 548, christened Bit Redo, the last in a series of 9,050 dwt, 108.50 meters loa asphalt carriers built for various owners (S2S n. 18/2010). This time it was the turn of Tarbit Tankers NV, the former Dutch company Theodora Tankers recently bought by the Swedish group Tarbit Shipping AB (S2S n. 1/2011).The ceremony was attended by co-owners Christer Swnastrom, Torkel Hermansson (general manager) and his brother Anders (technical manager). The last one’s wife, Elisabeth, was the ship’s godmother. After the speeches of the newly appointed yard’s CEO, Zvonimir Novak (S2S n. 12/2011) and commercial manager, Dragan Badžek, Torkel Hermansson stated he was very satisfied with a ship they “targeted because of her quality.” Delivery is scheduled in spring 2012.
However the yard’s orderbook is currently empty; an agreement with Russian owners has been signed for 4 large fishing boats, worth 15 million euros each, and is awaiting bank guarantees, so the yard must “sternly hold out” awaiting privatisation, as Novak stressed.
According to local press, an agreement was reached also with Transport Desgagnés about the delayed delivery of 40 million euros worth con-pax Bella Desgagnés, which will cost the shipyard 10 millions. Kraljevica registered a 35 million euros loss in 2010, doubling previous year’s loss.


Shipyard 3. Maj delivered tanker Velebit to Tankerska Plovidba

Shipyard 3. Maj (represented by CEO Edi Kučan) delivered to Zadar-based Tankerska Plovidba (represented by CEO Ive Mustać) 51,800 dwt tanker Velebit, launched by end-2010 (S2S n. 2/2011). Quarrels about the price of the so-called ‘salvation ships’, which delayed the delivery of the first one (Pomer) to Pula-based Uljanik Plovidba (S2S n. 10/2011), thus seem definitely settled. As we anticipated, the price should be some 38.5 million dollars.
The ceremony was also attended by the Croatian premier Jadranka Kosor as the ship’s godmother. However, whoever expected announcements about the European Commission’s decisions on the privatisation process of 3. Maj and Kraljevica (S2S n. 6/2011) was sorely disappointed.

Mauro A. Bogdanović

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